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