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April 7, 2017

Watch: Key Pictures from Trump’s First 100 Days: The Reading the Pictures Salon

How did the Trump administration look at this early stage? How was it managing photo ops? How was the visual media picturing Trump? And how was the administration using its own pictures to promote itself?

On Thursday, April 6th, 2017, we brought together a panel with deep historical, research and photojournalism expertise to analyze the photographic “first impressions” of this aggressive and defiant presidency. The live discussion “Key Pictures of the Trump Presidency: The First 100 Days,” took place live online using Google HangOut with the audience participating via live chat.

Who: Michelle Bogre (moderator), Associate Professor of Photography at Parsons School of Design. Nina Berman, Documentary photographer, Associate Professor of Journalism at Columbia University; Cara Finnegan, Writer, photography historian, Professor of Communication, University of Illinois; John Edwin Mason, Professor of African History and the History of Photography at University of Virginia; Mark Murrmann, Photo Editor, Mother Jones; Rick Perlstein, Historian and Journalist; Michael Shaw, Publisher, Reading the Pictures.

You can watch the replay above, and in the next few weeks, we will be adding highlight clips to this post. Focused on one photograph at a time, the clips capture key parts of the panelist discussion while moving you around related parts of that picture. Below is a slideshow of the images we discussed.

The Salon is produced by Sandra C. Roa.

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.

Panel Discussion Highlights

Trumps with Obamas on Capitol Stairs at Inaugural

In this highlight clip, Reading the Pictures Salon moderator Michelle Bogre and panelists, Cara Finnegan, Rick Perlstein, John Edwin Mason, Michael Shaw and Mark Murrmann examine the structure of the photo, the body language and relationships between the couples.

President Trump’s Inaugural Lunch

In this highlight clip, Reading the Pictures Salon moderator Michelle Bogre and panelists, Cara Finnegan, John Edwin Mason, Michael Shaw and Mark Murrmann discuss the range of expressions on the participants faces, the painting behind Trump and the monarchical nature of the surroundings.

A Handshake Behind President Trump

In this highlight clip, Reading the Pictures Salon moderator Michelle Bogre and panelists, Cara Finnegan, John Edwin Mason, Michael Shaw, Mark Murrmann, Rick Perlstein and Nina Berman look at the activity in back of the President and what he might be missing out on behind him.

Trump Meets Miners in the White House to Sign Executive Order

In this highlight clip, Reading the Pictures Salon moderator Michelle Bogre and panelists, John Edwin Mason, Michael Shaw and Nina Berman discuss class and the racial make up of the group around Trump, in addition the theatrical and absurd nature of the activity in the photo.

Ivanka in the West Wing

Caption: Holding her youngest son Theodore, Ivanka Trump talks on the phone in the East Colonnade of the White House, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead.

In this highlight clip, Reading the Pictures Salon moderator Michelle Bogre and panelists, Nina Berman, Rick Perlstein, John Edwin Mason, and Mark Murrmann examine the space which Ivanka occupies in this photo

Slideshow

January 20, 2017. Photo: Leigh Vogel via Instagram.

A toast was made to Mr. Trump during an inaugural luncheon in Statuary Hall at the Capitol. Photo: Al Drago/The New York Times.

President Donald Trump sits at his desk after a meeting with Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, left, and members of his staff in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Photo: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais.

President Trump signing legislation nullifying the Stream Protection Rule. White House Roosevelt Room, February 16, 2017. Stephen Crowley/The New York Times.

Via The New Yorker: What Barack Obama understood, and Donald Trump perhaps doesn’t, is that seeing a President unguarded in photographs need not necessarily diminish the respect he commands as a leader. Photo: Stephen Crowley /The New York Times.

Holding her youngest son Theodore, Ivanka Trump talks on the phone in the East Colonnade of the White House, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead.

President Donald J. Trump signs a series of Executive Orders and Presidential Memoranda in the Oval Office, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. Included are: Vice President Mike Pence, the Presidential Memorandum Regarding Construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline; Presidential Memorandum Regarding Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline; Presidential Memorandum Regarding Construction of American Pipelines; Presidential Memorandum Streamlining Permitting and Reducing Regulatory Burdens for Domestic Manufacturing; Presidential Memorandum; Executive Order Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approval for High Priority Infrastructure. Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead.

President Donald Trump Greets Visitors In The White House. March 7, 2017. Photo: Aude Guerrucci/Pool/Getty Images.

US President Donald Trump (2nd R) tours the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, February 21, 2017. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images.

Vice President Mike Pence at Chesed Shel Emet cemetery, in Missouri. February 22, 2017. Photo via Twitter.

  • Panelists
  • Michelle Bogre Moderator, Associate Professor of Photography at Parsons School of Design
  • Nina Berman Documentary photographer, Associate Professor of Journalism at Columbia University
  • Cara Finnegan Writer, Photography historian, Professor of Communication, University of Illinois. Author of the forthcoming book, "American Presidents and the History of Photography from the Daguerreotype to the Digital Age"
  • John Edwin Mason Professor of African History and the History of Photography at University of Virginia and author, "Gordon Parks and American Democracy"
  • Mark Murrmann Photo Editor, Mother Jones
  • Michael Shaw Publisher, Reading The Pictures
  • Rick Perlstein Historian, Journalist and author, "The Invisible Bridge: the Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan"

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