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February 28, 2016

Watch the Reading the Pictures Salon: A Look at Early Campaign ’16

At least through the early primaries, insurgent candidates and discontent citizens have made Campaign ‘16 one of the strangest presidential races ever. Above, watch the replay of the Reading the Pictures campaign 2016 salon broadcast Sunday, March 20th, 2016. A panel of photo world and academic experts analyzed key photos of the race to date.

Panelists include: Karrin Anderson, Professor, Colorado State University; Todd Heisler, Staff Photographer, New York Times; Michael Shaw, Publisher, Reading The Pictures; Loret Steinberg, Associate Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology; Judy Walgren, Editorial Director,, and moderator Cara Finnegan, Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

The Reading The Pictures Salon is an on-line, real-time discussion between photojournalists, visual academics and other visual or subject experts. Each salon examines a set of images relevant to the visual stories of the day often focusing on how the media and social media has framed the event. The photo edit is the key element and driver of each Salon discussion and great care is taken to create a group of 10 photos that captures the depth and breadth of media representation.

Note: The photos discussed are also in the slideshow below.

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Video Highlights

Donald Trump and the Bald Eagle

In this highlight clip, Reading the Pictures Salon moderator Cara Finnegan, and panelists Karrin Anderson, Todd Heisler, Loret Steinberg, Judy Walgren and RTP publisher, Michael Shaw, discuss the highs and lows of this early campaign favorite — especially as it plays over time.


Trump Rally Canceled

In this highlight clip, moderator Cara Finnegan, panelists Karrin Anderson and Todd Heisler, and RTP publisher Michael Shaw, discuss the politics and demographics of this photo.

In this highlight clip, Reading the Pictures Salon moderator Cara Finnegan, and panelists Karrin Anderson, Todd Heisler, Loret Steinberg and RTP publisher, Michael Shaw, discuss the scale and number of the competing signs and the symbolism of the young, female campaign worker.

Todd Heisler’s Trump’s Campaign Announcement

In this highlight clip, Reading the Pictures Salon moderator Cara Finnegan speaks with NYT photographer Todd Heisler about the photo and the challenges of campaign photography. Heisler and fellow panelists Karrin Anderson, Loret Steinberg and Judy Walgren also discuss the rumors about the announcement and how, like all-thing-Trump this season, it defies the usual.


Aug. 19, 2015. Presidential candidate Donald Trump in his office in Trump Tower in New York City holding an American Bald Eagle named Uncle Sam. Photo: Martin Schoeller

June 16, 2015. Mr. Trump made his announcement in the atrium of Trump Tower, the luxury skyscraper on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Photo: Todd Heisler/New York Times

April 23, 2015. ’If you don’t believe what I say, look to the World Economic Forum, hardly a hotbed of feminist thought,’ Clinton said on Thursday at the Women in the World summit in New York. Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

From a New York Times opinion article, ‘Why Sexism at the Office Makes Women Love Hillary Clinton”, published February 20, 2016. Photo: Travis Dove for The New York Times

Nataly Correa volunteered three times a week distributing door leaflets for Bernie Sanders in North Las Vegas, Nevada.  Photo: Darcy Padilla / VU for The World

March 6, 2016. Demonstrators outside the Democratic debate in Flint hold photos of Flint children affected by the Flint water crisis. Photo: Mike Thompson/Detroit Free Press

August 21, 2015 . Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters after his rally at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. The Trump campaign moved tonight’s rally to a larger stadium to accommodate demand. Photo: Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images

January 31, 2016. A giant poster of Donald Trump stands on display in the backyard of supporter George Davey’s residence in West Des Moines, Iowa. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

March 11, 2016. Protesters cheer after it was announced Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s speech was canceled at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Photo: Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune

September 16, 2015. Journalists wait for the first round of the evening’s GOP debates from the HRC headquarters in Brooklyn, New York Wednesday. Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post

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