Reading the Pictures Staff
An analyst of news photos and visual journalism, and a frequent lecturer and writer on visual politics, photojournalism and media literacy, Michael is the founder and publisher of Reading the Pictures.
Founded in June 2003, Reading the Pictures (then known as BAGnews) was originally a civics tool/visual experiment/political cartoon to interest grade school kids in the news. Beginning in mid-2004, however, spurred by the photo coverage of the Bush-Kerry presidential campaign, Shaw turned his attention to this new “discipline” — the visual analysis of political images. Today,Reading the Pictures is the only site dedicated 100% to visual politics and the analysis of news images. The site is closely followed by the news and visual media; the photo community; university journalism, photojournalism and communications programs; and citizens interested in the overlap of media, politics, persuasion and visual culture. The site also features original photojournalism from leading photographers and hosts a regular online discussion series, the Reading the Pictures Salon, analyzing how the media visually frames the key news events of our day.
A regular front page contributor to the Huffington Post since September ‘05, writing a blog feature called “Reading The Pictures,” Michael was also an on-line columnist for “American Photo” and has contributed to Salon.com and Ozy.com.
Michael is also a Clinical Psychologist and Organizational Consultant in private practice. His clinical training — which is woven into his commentary — involves the analysis of character and character styles. His research has dealt with the creative process, visual thinking, and how metaphors can create psychological insight. Shaw spent nine years as the consulting psychotherapist at The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), the architecture and design program and think-tank in Los Angeles. He also spent five years in the same role at Otis College of Art and Design.
Meg Handler Editor-at-Large
Meg is a photo editor and documentary photographer. The former photo editor of The Village Voice, Meg has also worked at U.S. News & World Report, Blender, New York Magazine, COLORS and Polaris Images. She has edited a number of books, including the monograph, Phil Stern: A Life’s Work, PAPARAZZI by Peter Howe, and POT CULTURE by Shirley Halperin and Steve Bloom. After 20 years of immersion in the photography business, and having worked with some of the great photographers in New York and abroad, Meg now lives in Chicago. She worked as the principle photographer for The Grant Park Music Festival at Millennium Park, and BIGArt at Navy Pier. Meg received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Sandra Roa Editor, Reading the Pictures
Sandra C Roa is a documentary photographer who has expanded her storytelling into radio, video, and print journalism. She recently completed a Masters degree for foreign reporting from the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. During her studies, she interned in The New York Times video unit and the Lens blog. Her work has been internationally published and exhibited. Since 2007 Sandra has been a faculty member at the International Center for Photography. She is based in London.
Phil Batta Producer, Reading the Pictures Salon
Phil Batta is a cinematographer and documentary filmmaker. He produces character-driven narratives, branded content and ethnographic films. Phil’s documentary work has been featured on PBS, ITN, Channel4, The New Yorker, The Guardian, ABC7 and CNN. He has a degree in Photo-Ethnography from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Phil currently lives in Chicago where he enjoys building basketball art with youth.
Cara Finnegan Moderator, Reading the Pictures Salon
Cara Finnegan writes and teaches about visual politics for a living. She is a professor in the communication department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where her research explores the role photography has played in the history of U.S. public life. Cara is the author of Picturing Poverty: Print Culture and FSA Photographs (Smithsonian, 2003) and numerous articles and reviews about the history of photography. She keeps the blog first efforts and has served as the moderator of the Reading the Pictures Salon since 2008. Cara is also a contributor to Reading the Pictures Notes.
Loret Steinberg Consultant, Reading the Pictures Salon
Loret Steinberg is an expert on documentary photography, photojournalism, social responsibility and photography, ethics and documentary photography/photojournalism, community responsive media, civic journalism and photography, and building new ways of telling more meaningful stories with photographs. She teaches photojournalism and documentary classes at the Rochester Institute of Technology and lectures on ethics and photography. Loret writes on a range of topics in photojournalism education such as the impact of technology on audience perception, the role of reflection in professional work and photographers’ responsibility to a diverse community. Her work has been exhibited and published in galleries, museums and in publications across the United States.
Reading the Pictures Contributing Writers
Karrin Vasby Anderson
Karrin Vasby Anderson is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Colorado State University and coauthor of the book Governing Codes: Gender, Metaphor, and Political Identity. Her campaign commentary has appeared in the Fort Collins Coloradoan, the Rocky Mountain News, and the Swedish national news broadcastVarldun i Fokus. Dr. Anderson is a recipient of the Organization for Research on Women and Communication’s Feminist Scholarship Award, and is co-recipient of the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women in Politics. Follow Karrin on Twitter @KVAnderson.
Pete Brook is a San Francisco-based freelance writer and curator. He is editor of Prison Photography, a website that analyzes imagery produced within, and about, prisons. Pete has an Art History M.A. (University of St Andrews) and an Art Gallery and Museum Studies M.A. (University of Manchester). He has lectured internationally on the topic of photography, taught art in prisons, volunteered with Books To Prisoners and served as a board member with University Beyond Bars. His work has been featured by The New York Times, The British Journal of Photography, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, and Seattle Weekly. He has curated shows including, Non Sufficient Funds, Vermillion Gallery, Seattle, WA (Apr 2010); Cruel and Unusual, Noorderlicht Gallery, Holland (Feb-Apr 2012); The Depository Of Unwanted Photographs, Photoville, New York (Sept. 2013); Seen But Not Heard, Kulturni Centar Belgrada, Belgrade, Serbia (Dec, 2013); and Prison Obscura (2014). Pete has contirbuted to numerous photographer monographs and his writing has appeared in Wired, Aperture, Medium, CNN, The Marshall Project and others.
Lewis Bush is a photographer and writer. His photography examines disparate subjects, from civil liberties to national memory, typically using them as a way to pose questions about medium itself. He maintains Disphotic, a blog on photography and it’s intersections with history, art and journalism, and also writes for a number of other titles. Tweet him: @lewiskaybush
Michael L. Butterworth (Ph.D., Indiana University) is Director and Associate Professor of the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University. He is also the Executive Director of the International Association for Communication and Sport. His research examines the relationships between rhetoric, democracy, and sport and includes his book, Baseball and Rhetorics of Purity, as well as articles in journals such as Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Critical Studies in Media Communication, the Journal of Sport and Social Issues, and the Quarterly Journal of Speech.
Dr David Campbell is a writer and producer, specialising in photography, multimedia and politics. With both academic and practice-based credentials, he examines how documentary photography and photojournalism work, the opportunities multimedia bring, and the challenges presented by the revolutions in the new media economy. He also works as a multimedia producer in collaboration with photographers.
David writes regularly on his blog at www.david-campbell.org, which was named one of the ten best photoblogs by the British Journal of Photography (July 2011). The author/editor of six books and some 50 articles and essays, David’s academic research concentrates on how atrocity, famine, war and ‘Africa’ are represented.
David is a member of the Durham Centre for Advanced Photography Studies and Honorary Professor of Geography at Durham University, Honorary Professor in the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland, Australia, and a member of the advisory board for the Program for Narrative and Documentary Studies at Tufts University, Boston, led by Gary Knight. He lectures on the MA International Multimedia Journalism program located at Beijing Foreign Studies University..
Robert Hariman is a professor in the department of communication studies at Northwestern University. His publications include No Caption Needed: Iconic Photographs, Public Culture, and Liberal Democracy, which he co-authored with John L. Lucaites. He and John maintain the blog No Caption Needed, which provides commentary on photojournalism, politics, and culture.
John L. Lucaites
John Lucaites is professor of rhetoric and public culture, department of communication and culture and adjunct professor of American studies, Indiana University. He was a 2006-2007 Fellow at the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions. His publications include No Caption Needed: Iconic Photographs, Public Culture, and Liberal Democracy, which he co-authored with Robert Hariman. He and Robert maintain the blog No Caption Needed, which provides commentary on photojournalism, politics, and culture.
Christa Olson is Associate Professor of Composition & Rhetoric in the English department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her scholarship and teaching focus on how pictures shape values and beliefs, especially at the level of national identity. Much of her work, including her book _Constitutive Visions_, is about rhetorical history and visual culture in Latin America.
Philip Perdue is a PhD student of rhetoric and public culture at Indiana University. He began his post-secondary education as a commercial artist and illustrator atPensacola Christian College and had a weird, brief stint with The Family in 1996. His current research engages the culture, educational institutions, and aesthetics of Christian fundamentalism in the US, with a critical focus on the role of images, photographs, and illustrations in the construction of Christian national identity. He teaches courses in Communication & Culture at IU, where he encourages his students to think with images. @PhilipPerdue
Valerie Wieskamp is a doctoral candidate studying rhetoric and public culture at Indiana University and a free-lance graphic designer. In her research and teaching, she examines the connections between politics, public advocacy, and various forms of media, digital, and visual culture. She has published articles in both U.S. and international venues that explore issues of war, gender, race, and violence as they intersect national identity and civic engagement. Prior to attending graduate school, Valerie worked in the non-profit sector doing design, political advocacy, and media outreach.
Editor of The Great Leap Sideways, MFA in Photography & Film (2014) at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Reading the Pictures Contributing Photographers
Nina Berman Senior Contributing Photographer, Originals
Nina Berman is a documentary photographer with a primary interest in the American political and social landscape. Her work has been extensively published, exhibited, and collected. She is the recipient of two World Press awards, a 2006 fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and a 2005 grant from the Open Society Institute Documentary Photography Fund. Her work was selected for exhibition at the 2010 Whitney Biennial Exhibition. Nina’s photography has been the subject of several solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums in New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., and throughout Europe. She is a member of the NOOR photography collective based in Amsterdam.
Mark Peterson is a photographer based in New York City. His work is published in New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, Fortune Magazine, Time Magazine, ESPN the Magazine, Geo Magazine and many other national and international publications. He has received several awards including the Eugene Smith support grant for his work on revolving door alcoholics. He has been in numerous exhibitions and museum shows including his work on Low Riders which was in the show Museums Are Worlds at the Louvre in Paris France in 2012. He is the author of the Powerhouse book Acts Of Charity. He is represented by Redux Pictures.