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Events Spotlight
The Visura Salon Series featuring guest speakers Fred Ritchin & Júlia Pontés
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Mar 18, 2019
Visura is thrilled to partner with POWERHOUSE to launch the Visura Salon Series, a new evening event celebrating visual storytelling presented at the new POWERHOUSE Lounge, located in the upper deck of the DUMBO Arena bookstore.

Curated by Visura founder Adriana Teresa Letorney—the Visura Salon series will highlight, with slideshows and animated discussion, new and successful forms of storytelling being deployed today. Photography, film, design, science, technology, engineering, art, health, social-humanitarian, environmental, educational, photojournalistic, and pop cultural ecosystems will be featured and explored in images, video, presentations, and panel talks.

The series debuts on Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM with guest speakers Fred Ritchin and Júlia Pontés.

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We are honored to introduce our first guests Fred Ritchin and Júlia Pontés. 

Date: Tuesday, March  12, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Under The Arch @ POWERHOUSE
28 Adams Street at the Archway in Dumbo | Brooklyn, NY 11201
Dean Emeritus of the International Center of Photography (ICP) School Fred Ritchin will present Four Corners, a new approach to contextualizing photographs online, and discusses the Post-Photographic Challenge, or how to make a difference in society at a time of diminished media credibility. Brazilian photographer Júlia Pontés will also present her long-term aerial portrayal and documentation of the devastation caused by mining in Brazil. This work was recently recognized by Harvard University’s Planetary Health Alliance and published on Bloomberg Businessweek.

Photo by Ports Bishop


Fred Ritchin is the Dean Emeritus of the International Center of Photography (ICP) School. Ritchin founded the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Program at the ICP School and directed it from 1983–86. He was appointed Dean in 2014 and Dean Emeritus in 2017. Ritchin was professor of Photography and Imaging at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts from 1991–2014, where he co-founded the NYU/Magnum Foundation Photography and Human Rights educational program; picture editor of the New York Times Magazine (1978–82); and executive editor of Camera Arts magazine (1982–83); and, co-founder and director of the online publication PixelPress.  He has published three books on the future of imaging: In Our Own Image: The Coming Revolution in Photography (Aperture, 1990); After Photography (W. W. Norton, 2008); and Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary, and the Citizen (Aperture, 2013). In 1994-95 he created the first multimedia version of the New York Times, and in 1997 was nominated by the Times for a Pulitzer Prize in Public Service for the online documentary, "Bosnia: Uncertain Paths to Peace," along with photographer Gilles Peress.


Portrait by Alexandre Almeida



Júlia Pontés is an artist, aerial photographer, and photographic printer based between São Paulo and New York.  Born in Minas Gerais, Brazil, Pontés graduated at the International Center of Photography in 2015, during which she mentored with Fred Ritchin. Since, she has been chosen twice for the Emerging Immigrant Artist Program by the New York Foundation for the Arts and granted a Lillian Disney Scholarship from CalArts and the Allan Sekula Social Documentary grant. In 2018, Júlia joined, where her long term project on the humanitarian and environmental devastation caused by mining in her hometown State of Minas Gerais in Brazil was discovered and recognized by Harvard University’s Planetary Alliance. Before long, images from this project were published in Bloomberg Businessweek.

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