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Ramapo Professor Publishes First Comprehensive Survey of Digital Photography

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)December 14, 2005

(Mahwah) – Jonathan Lipkin, an associate professor of digital media at Ramapo College of New Jersey, has written Photography RebornImage Making in the Digital Era, published by Harry N. Abrams.

Digital photography has replaced traditional photography as the most prevalent form of visual communication,” asserts Lipkin.  Not long ago, photographers considered digital pictures an abandonment of the traditional 35mm standard.  Now the digital format is replacing film as the prevailing medium for professionals, artists and everyday snap shooters.

Photography Reborn is the first comprehensive survey of this new medium of visual expression and an essential reference for anyone who wants to understand the technology.  In the book, Lipkin chronicles the intersection of digital technology and photography, exploring its impact and the limits of its possibilities.  He explores dominant themes of the field, including the human body, identity and the landscape.  Every kind of digital image from MRI scans to fine art to webblogs is highlighted and illustrated with works by important contemporary artists including Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff, Pedro Meyer, Nancy Burson and Loretta Lux.

The author says digital photography is simultaneously a direct evolution and a distinct break from traditional photography.  It shares many of the same characteristics, but borrows from other media, most notably collage and painting. The most salient aspect of traditional photography – its direct relation to reality – has been forever altered.

Furthermore, another important aspect of photography, its ability to be easily reproduced and transmitted, has been amplified.  In short, digital photography is photography reborn.”

For fifteen years Lipkin has studied the phenomenon of digital photography.  In addition to teaching at Ramapo College, he serves on the graduate faculty of the School of Visual Arts.  His photographs have been exhibited across the country, and his writing has appeared in academic journals and electronic publications.  He is co-author of In the Realm of the Circuit (Pearson, 2004).

Photography Reborn is available at bookstores and from online booksellers.


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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