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August 31, 2018

Chatting the Pictures: Pope Under Fire; McCain’s Twilight; Trump Piqued

Welcome to the latest edition of Chatting the Pictures. Chatting the Pictures is a weekly, micro-edition of the Reading the Pictures Salon. In each 25 minute webcast, co-hosts Michael Shaw, publisher of Reading the Pictures, and writer and historian, Cara Finnegan, meet to discuss three prominent photos in the news. The program is broken into three segments. “The News,” “The Look,” and “The Pick.” In “The News,” we discuss a hard news image for how much information or story it contains. In “The Look,” we focus on a news photo that pushes the boundaries of artistry and style. And in “The Pick,” we ask what makes a high profile photo unique in the minds of editors or the public?

“The News” shot this week was taken by Ben Stansall of AFP. It shows Pope Francis in his popemobile in Dublin during his visit to Ireland. The protest sign reflects the uproar generated over a church sexual abuse report issued in Pennsylvania and further charges of a Vatican cover-up.

For “The Look,” we discuss a photo by Erin Schaff for the New York Times. It shows people looking at the front pages of newspapers reporting the death of Sen. John McCain outside the Newseum in Washington. 

“The Pick” offers two shots of President Trump, one by Doug Mills of The New York Times and the other by Mandel Ngan of Reuters. They were taken immediately after Trump’s call with the Mexican President about a trade deal. Trump was upset about problems with the call, and the wanting to talk about his grudging response to the death of John McCain.

Chatting the Pictures is a weekly, micro-edition of the Reading the Pictures Salon. In each 25 minute webcast, co-hosts Michael Shaw, publisher of Reading the Pictures, and writer and historian, Cara Finnegan, meet to discuss three prominent photos in the news. You can find all the Chatting the Pictures replays here.

Slideshow

Photo: Ben Stansall / AFP. Caption: Pope Francis waves to the faithful on his popemobile in Dublin on August 25, 2018, during his visit to Ireland to attend the 2018 World Meeting of Families. 

Photo: Erin Schaff/ New York Times. Caption: People look at the front pages of newspapers reporting the death of Sen. John McCain outside the Newseum in Washington. 

Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times Caption: President Donald Trump after speaking on the phone with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto after the announcement that the U.S. and Mexico have reached agreement to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement, in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington, Aug. 27, 2018.

Photo: Mandel Ngan / AFP Caption: US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters after a phone conversation with Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto on trade in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on August 27, 2018. 

  • 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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