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 Craig Ruttle for AP. After a very difficult 2018, it seems New Years this year really was news — specifically, an occasion for hope and optimism for better. Certainly, we embrace the love.
For “The Look,” we discuss a photo by Nick Oza for The Arizona Republic. The picture captures a child under a pair of benches after ICE dropped off more than 100 Guatemalan migrants at a Phoenix bus station. Tracking the ongoing border crisis, Michael and Cara discuss how much this beautifully architectural photo is grim or optimistic.
“The Pick” this week features a photo by Evelyn Hockstein for The Washington Post. We haven’t seen a lot of interesting photos of the government shutdown but this is certainly the exception. Here, we see a security guard inside the entrance of the EPA just hours before the shutdown took effect. We saw many layers in the textured and concerned photo, including elements that speak to access, race, and even the environment.
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