Rita Leistner
Professor, Vic One Jewison Stream;
Professor, Creative Expression & Society Program
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Rita Leistner


Award-winning photographer, writer and educator Rita Leistner’s varied career has taken her from academia to war and back again, intersecting the genres of art, photojournalism and literary criticism. She teaches in the Jewison stream of Vic One and pioneered a senior level seminar on photojournalism and documentary photography.  Her most recent book, Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan, was a finalist for several Media Ecology book awards. Her photography has been widely exhibited and published internationally and her articles, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines and books. Rita is represented by the Stephen Bulger Gallery. She has also planted over a million trees in Canada.


Selected Publications

Leistner, Rita, Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan, with a foreword by Julian Stallabrass. London: Intellect Books / The University of Chicago Press, 2014.

Kamber, Michael, ed. The Untold Stories from Iraq: Photojournalists on War. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2013.

Stallabrass, Julian, ed. Memories of Fire: Images of War and the War of Images. London: Photoworks, 2013.

Clements, Marie and Rita Leistner, The Edward Curtis Project: A Modern Picture Story. Vancouver: Talon Books, 2010.

Abdul-Ahad, Ghaith, Kael Alford, Thorne Anderson and Rita Leistner, Unembedded: Four Independent Photojournalists on the War in Iraq, with a foreword by Philip Jones Griffiths. Vermont: Chelsea Green, 2005.

Selected Exhibitions

The Paul Paletti Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky, May 2016.
Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan: From Smartphone to Palladium

Photoville Photography Festival 2015, New York, September 2015. 
Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan: From Smartphone to Palladium

The Dylan Ellis Gallery, Toronto, May 2015.
Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan: From Smartphone to Palladium

The Galleries of the Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel, January 2015.
Miklat: The Bomb Shelter Project

Musée Albert Kahn, Paris, France, June 2014.
Portraits-paysages: Liban 2006 (Portraitscapes of War I: Lebanon 2006)

Le Musée du Nouveau Monde, La Rochelle, France, February 2014.
Le Projet Edward Curtis 

Le Carré Amelot, espace cuturel de la Ville de La Rochelle, France, February 2014.
À la recherche de Marshall McLuhan en Afghanistan

“Ecocentrix: Indigenous Arts, Sustainable Acts” The Barge House, London, England, October 2013.
The Edward Curtis Project