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March 5, 2018

Chatting the Pictures: Hope Hicks, Gun Prayer & Putin Oz

Chatting the Pictures is a new, micro-edition of the Reading the Pictures Salon. Streamed weekly over the web, RTP’s Michael Shaw and Cara Finnegan meet up Saturday mornings for twenty-minutes or so for a lively chat about three current news photos.

This week, Michael and Cara tease apart photos by Leah Millis and Eduardo Munoz, both for Reuters, and one by Alexander Zemlianichenko for AP. The Millis photo shows Trump Communications Director leaving the Capitol after testifying before the House Intelligence Committee about the Russia election interference scandal. She resigned her White House position the following day. The second photo was taken at a religious ceremony in Pennsylvania blessing he AR-15 semiautomatic rifle. Gun control is back on the table in the aftermath of the school shooting in Florida two weeks ago. And the third photo shows a looming Vladamir Putin as he boasts about nuclear weapons in the hardly-contested Russian presidential campaign.

If anything, these photos highlight how much politics, and the visual coverage, trends toward spectacle when the underlying events become that hard to fathom.

Slideshow

Photo: Leah Millis/Reuters. White House Communications Director Hope Hicks leaves the Capitol after attending the House Intelligence Committee closed door meeting in Washington, February 27, 2018. 

Photo: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters. People with their AR-15-style rifles attend a blessing ceremony at the Sanctuary Church in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania.

Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP. Journalists watch as Russian President Vladimir Putin gives his annual state of the nation address in Manezh in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 1, 2018. Putin set a slew of ambitious economic goals, vowing to boost living standards, improve health care and education and build modern infrastructure in a state-of-the-nation address.

  • Panelists
  • 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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