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April 1, 2018

Chatting the Pictures: Emma Gonzales, Stephon Clark Protest, Sessions TIME Cover

Welcome to our latest edition of Chatting the Pictures. Streamed weekly over the web, RTP’s Michael Shaw and Cara Finnegan meet up Saturday mornings for twenty-five minutes or so for a lively chat about three current news photos.

This week, Michael and Cara tease apart photos by Getty photographers Chip Somodevilla and Justin Sullivan, and one by Philip Montgomery for TIME magazine. The Somodevilla photo captures Emma Gonzalez in an interlude of silence during a speech at the recent March for Our Lives rally in Washington D.C. The second photo was taken during a Sacramento city council meeting dedicated to the shooting death of Stephon Clark at the hands of police two weeks before. And the third photo, featuring Attorney General Jeff Sessions, appeared on the cover of TIME.

These images demonstrate how much today’s news photos enhance major events and generate their own political conversation.


Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images. Tears roll down the face of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez as she observes 6 minutes and 20 seconds of silence while addressing the March for Our Lives rally on March 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators, including students, teachers and parents gathered in Washington for the anti-gun violence rally organized by survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on February 14 that left 17 dead. More than 800 related events are taking place around the world to call for legislative action to address school safety and gun violence.

Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images. An attendee holds a cell phone like a gun during a special city council meeting at Sacramento City Hall on March 27, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Hundreds packed a special city council at Sacramento City Hall to address concerns over the shooting death of Stephon Clark by Sacramento police. 

Photo: Philip Montgomery for TIME. United States Attorney General, Jeff Sessions.

  • 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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