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September 13, 2018

Chatting the Pictures: Kaepernick/Nike; Jack Dorsey/InfoWars; Kavanaugh/Parkland Dad

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?

In “The News,” we’ll be looking at a hard news image for how much information or story it contains. In “The Look,” we’ll focus on a news photo that pushes the boundaries of artistry and style. And in “The Pick,” we’ll ask what makes a high profile photo unique in the minds of editors or the public?

“The News” shot this week was a Nike ad featuring Colin Kaepernick, well known for his protest of the national anthem which caused his unstated ban from the NFL.

For “The Look,” we discuss a photo by M. Scott Mahaskey taken for POLITICO. The photograph captures InfoWars’ Alex Jones yelling at Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, as they leave the Senate hearing on foreign electioneering on social media.

“The Pick” shows Fred Guttenberg, the father of Jamie Guttenberg who was killed in the shooting in Parkland, Fla. as he tried to shake hands with Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. Photo is by Andy Harnik for the Associated Press.

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: Martin Schoeller. Caption: Colin Kaepernick Nike ad.

Photo: M. Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO. Caption: InfoWars’ Alex Jones yells at Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey as he left the Senate hearing on foreign electioneering on social media. Jones, known for spreading baseless conspiracy theories, alleges that tech companies are biased against conservatives

Photo: Andy Harnik/AP
Caption: Fred Guttenberg, the father of Jamie Guttenberg who was killed in the shooting in Parkland, Fla., left, tries to shake hands with Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nom., Brett Kavanaugh, right, during a lunch break. Kavanaugh did not shake his hand.

  • 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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