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 Doug Mills of The New York Times. In the picture, we deconstruction the internet-winning photo from Trump’s State of the Union speech. Hardly hiding her distain for Trump for most of his speech, Pelosi’s gesture could be interpreted as: “I’m not clapping for you, I’m clapping at you.”
For “The Look,” we discuss an image by John Moore for Getty Images. It shows Central American immigrants waiting at a “double mesh” border fence after crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico to El Paso. What it captures in a chilling way is the deepening and darkening situation migrants are facing as a result of shifting US rules, and the push to construct even more fencing and more walls.
“The Pick” this week features a photo by Brian Finke for Redux Pictures. This shot from the Super Bowl, recognizes the addition of male cheerleaders in the NFL. Our discussion focuses on how much the photo still amplifies a double-standard.
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