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 Kevin Lamarque for Reuters. In the picture, we see a Park Service ranger looking down on the city from the Trump hotel’s historic DC clock tower. But the question is: by what maneuver are these furloughed federal employees still working during the government shutdown?
For “The Look,” we discuss a photo by Martin Schoeller for Vanity Fair. Captioned “The New Congressional Class Set a High Style Bar,” we discuss how Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, Deb Haaland, Veronica Escobar, and Sharice Davids stand for a lot more than fashion in this historical moment.
“The Pick” this week features a photo by Hannah Reyes Morales for The New York Times. Call it imprisonment as an act of torture. Leading the front page, we break down the beauty, horror, and substance of this photo of detainees crammed together in the Manila City Jail.
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