Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University

Faculty Profile

Susie Linfield

Susie Linfield (on leave Academic Year 2014-15) is the author of "The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political Violence" (University of Chicago Press, 2010). She writes about culture and politics for a variety of publications including The Washington Post Book World, The New Republic, The Boston Review, Dissent, The Nation, Guernica, The Forward, and The New Humanist; her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and Dance Ink. Linfield was formerly the arts editor of The Washington Post, the deputy editor of The Village Voice, the editor-in-chief of American Film, and a critic for the Los Angeles Times Book Review. She has taught in the Cultural Reporting and Criticism program since its inception in 1995.

Susie Linfield's book "The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political Violence" was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism and for the Infinity Writing Award from the International Center of Photography. The book has been widely written about and reviewed, both here and abroad; here are some of the articles, interviews, and reviews that have appeared:

The Guardian, November 16, 2010 “Photography So Good It Hurts,” by Sean O’Hagan

The New Yorker, November 29, 2010 “The Exchange: Susie Linfield on Photography and Violence,” by Ian Crouch

The New, January 19, 2011 “Yesterday’s Heroes: Can we rescue great photojournalism?” by Jed Perl, November 1, 2010 “500 Words” with Susie Linfield, by Brian Sholis

The Chronicle Review, Chronicle of Higher Education, November 12, 2010 “Don’t Look Away,” by Evan R. Goldstein, p. B18., December 20, 2010 Review by Parul Sehgal

Times Higher Education Supplement, December 2, 2010 “Why the Camera Never Lies Idle,” by Paul Lowe

The Nation, December 13, 2010 “The Thin Artifact: On Photography and Suffering,” Frances Richard.

Wall Street Journal, Jan. 4, 2011 “Two Sides to Every Photo,” by Steven Kurutz

The National (Abu Dhabi), January 7, 2011 “The Atrocity Exhibition,” by Dave Stelfox

New Humanist, November/December 2010 “Don’t Look Away, Look Around,” by Max Houghton

Library Journal, Oct. 15, 2010 Review by Donna Marie Smith

Design Observer Group, November 29, 2010: “Holiday Books 2010,” by Editors

Eleftherotypia, (Athens, Greece), December 11, 2010. “Interview with Susie Linfield,” by Katerina Economakou [in Greek]

La Semana (Bogota, Columbia), November 27, 2010 “Ojos que sí ven,” (author not credited)

Inside Higher Ed, March 16, 2011: "Photography and Political Violence" by Scott McLemee

Haaretz, March 4, 2011 “The Role of Photojournalism in a Violent World,” by Alex Levac

The Brooklyn Rail, September 2011 “TDeath Agents,” John Bengan.

The Times Literary Supplement, March 11 2011, "Photographers of the Cruel" by Alex Danchev.


Professor Linfield will be on leave Academic Year 2014-15