Rita Leistner is a politically and socially engaged lens-based artist whose concerned photography uses conceptual approaches to create photographs with a special relationship to current events and the human condition. Her work has been exhibited widely and published in many magazines. She is co-author of several books, including Unembedded: Four Independent Photojournalists on the War in Iraq ; and The Edward Curtis Project: A Modern Picture Story, cocreated with Métis/Dene playwright Marie Clements. Her upcoming book Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan will be published in early 2014 by Intellect Books and The University of Chicago Press. Rita has an MA in comparative literature from The University of Toronto, where she teaches a course on the history of photojournalism and documentary photography. Leistner is a rare "theorist-practitioner," who brings a critic's eye to extensive work in the field and lays it out in a way readers and students can understand. She is currently working on her first short documentary film.