The New Yorker is one of the most highly respected magazines in the United States, publishing a mix of journalism, literary writing, art criticism and, of course, its infamous one-panel cartoons. But despite its beloved illustrations, it is definitely a magazine of the written word—46 years passed before it published its first photograph, and it was not until 1992 (nearly 70 years after its founding) that the magazine published its first full-page photograph. It was in that same year that the magazine brought in its first staff photographer: Richard Avedon.
Today, the magazine’s dedication to writing is no less strong, but photography has been marking its pages with increasing frequency. In 2010, the website launched a blog dedicated exclusively to photography—The Photo Booth. Curious to learn more about photography’s role at this venerable publishing institution, we reached out to the magazine’s senior photo editor, Genevieve Fussell, to learn more about her commissioning philosophy and more: Continue reading.