Welcome to the latest edition of Chatting the Pictures, a weekly, micro-edition of the Reading the Pictures Salon. In each 20-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.” “The News” examine a hard news image for its content value. “The Look” focuses on a news photo for its artistry and style. And “The Pick” asks what made a high profile photo so unique to editors or the public.
“The News” photo this week was taken by Rose Marie Cromwell. It was featured on the cover of England’s Financial Times and shows Florida Democratic candidate for Governor, Andrew Gillum, hugging a supporter. We saw the elements in this possibly wishful “blue wave” image loaded with symbolism—in dramatic departure with tones, gestures and hues of the Trump status quo.
For “The Look,” we discuss a photo by Brendan Smialowski for AFP. It was taken during a memorial service in Pittsburgh in the aftermath of the shooting massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue. We discuss how the photo does and doesn’t distinguishes itself in the face of so many mass shooting in America.
“The Pick” this week features a photo from Sao Paolo by Reuter’s photographer, Nacho Doce. The scene captures supporters of the radical-right, newly-elected president, Jair Bolsonaro, react during a runoff election in Sao Paulo. The fact this shooting gesture is his trademark—and it is being mimicked by so many Brazilians—already tells you a lot.
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