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Astrid Riecken Adjunct Professorial Lecturer School of Communication

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Astrid Riecken is an award-wining photographer, based in Washington, D.C., and New York City. Since August 2016, Riecken additionally holds a position as adjunct professor at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design of the George Washington University where she teaches documentary photography and photojournalism. In 2020 Riecken also began teaching design, film and photography in the School of Communication at American University. Riecken has won numerous awards in Picture of the Year International (Poyi), National Press Photographers Association's Best of Photography (BOP) and the White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA) competition in which she was named "Photographer of the Year" in 2014. Riecken was also a participant in the Eddie Adams Workshop and was twice a finalist for the William Randolph Hearst National College Journalism Competition and the recipient of the NPPA Joseph Ehrenreich scholarship and the Greg Robinson Memorial scholarship. In 2016, Riecken was named Outstanding Journalism Alumna by SFSU. Equally comfortable in English and German, Riecken frequently freelances for international publications including Getty Images and The Washington Post. Her work has been published by The Washington Post, The New York Times, Newsweek, Time Magazine, The Guardian, and Die Zeit, among many others.
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Fall 2021

  • COMM-105 Visual Literacy

  • COMM-105 Visual Literacy