February 18, 2018
Chatting the Pictures

Chatting the Pictures: White House Blind Loyalty; Obamas in Paint; Parkland Youth Take the Mics

Here’s our latest chat with RTP’s Michael Shaw and Cara Finnegan. “Chatting the Pictures” is a lively 25-minute look at three headline photos.

By Sandra Roa
About the Video

This week, we talked about a great Oval Office pic of Hope Hicks and Kellyanne Conway by AP’s Evan Vucci, and two pics by Getty’s Mark Wilson, one of the Obama’s portrait unveiling, and the other, an important photo of the Parkland youngs taking control of the message in the aftermath of the horrific school shooting in Florida.

We encourage your comments on the pictures and feedback on our own launch of this regular feature. Chatting the Pictures is a shortened, weekly edition of the Reading the Pictures Salon.

The Full Edit

Take a closer look at some of the images from our larger photo edit.

Photo: Evan Vucci/AP Photo.

Caption: White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, right, stands with White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway during a meeting in the Oval Office between President Donald Trump and Shane Bouvet, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Washington.

Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images.

Caption: Former U.S. President Barack Obama looks at former first lady Michelle Obama’s newly unveiled portrait during a ceremony at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, on February 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. The portraits were commissioned by the Gallery, for Kehinde Wiley to create President Obama’s portrait, and Amy Sherald that of Michelle Obama.

Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images.

Caption: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Kelsey Friend and David Hogg speak to reporters on Thursday, the day after a gunman killed seventeen people at their school. February 15, 2018.

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Michael Shaw

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.

Cara Finnegan

Communication Professor, University of Illinois. Author of Making Photography Matter: A Viewer’s History from the Civil War to the Great Depression and Picturing Poverty: Print Culture and FSA Photographs. Moderator, Reading the Pictures Salon.


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