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.