January 28, 2012

BagNewsSalon Preview: Can Mitt Hold a Photograph?

Can Mitt Hold a Photograph

What Karen Hull, Bag’s Managing Editor, likes to say about Romney is that “he can’t hold a photograph.” In other words, he just doesn’t seem to demonstrate enough genuine personality to capture someone’s imagination, let alone illuminate a scene. (Notice how Richard Whitney, the guy who painted Mitt’s official portrait as Governor, actually stuck his head inside another frame to get some stimulus going.)

In the photo above, it seems as if Team Romney — Mitt wearing a “get a load of this” expression — had its prayers answered after an urgent call to central casting. Only thing missing is a dwarf.)

We’ll be looking into Jim Wilson’s photo with an expert cast of photographers, visual academics and political analysts as part of Sunday’s BagNews “Campaign Mania” Salon.  It’s 9 photos in 90 minutes. Hope you can join us!

Date: Sunday, January 29th

Time: 10 am PST/ 1 pm EST / 6pm London (running for 90 minutes)

Location: Online Webinar – http://bit.ly/BagNewsSalon

(Best to sign in 10 minutes early. Not accessible on Chrome Browser)


Facebook – RSVP


Host: Michael Shaw, Publisher, BagNewsNotes
Moderator: Cara Finnegan, Professor of Communication – U. of Illinois, Co-editor: Visual Rhetoric: a reader in communication and American culture


Nina Berman – Documentary Photographer, NOOR, and Contributor – BagNewsOriginals
Janis Edwards – Associate Professor, Communication Studies, University of Alabama
Justin Elliott – Reporter, Salon.com
Brendan Hoffman – Freelance Photographer; Co-Founder of Prime Collective; covering Campaign ‘12 for TIME and NY Times
Justin Sullivan – Staff Photographer, Getty Images
Loret Steinberg – Professor of Photojournalism and Documentary Photography/R.I.T.

Salons are co-edited and produced by Ida C. Benedetto


(Photo: Photo by Jim Wilson/The New York Times. Caption: Mitt Romney greeted supporters outside the Rochester Opera House in Rochester, N.H..)

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