Welcome to the latest edition of Chatting the Pictures, 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, discuss three prominent photos in the news. The program is broken into three segments: “The News,” “The Look,” and “The Pick.” With “The News,” we discuss a hard news image for how much information it contains. “The Look” focuses on a news photo that pushes the boundaries of artistry and style. And “The Pick,” asks what makes a high profile photo unique to editors or the public.
“The News” photo this week was taken by Andrew Harrer for Bloomberg Photos. It shows protestors banging on the door of the Supreme Court after Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation as the latest high court justice. The photo continues to be relevant as Republicans refer to this event, and to Democrat protesters in general, as “a mob.”
For “The Look,” we discuss a unique photo by Noah Berger for AP. This widely published photo documents a major fire in California’s Shasta-Trinity National Forest in early September. Last week, it illustrated a New York Times story on an alarming climate change report.
“The Pick” features Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arriving to meet Prime Minister Theresa May outside 10 Downing Street in London in March 2017. Taken by Alastair Grant for AP, the photo has been published numerous times this week as the Prince has been implicated in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident and writer living in the U.S. who was reportedly murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
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.