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 Joe Raedle for Getty Images. In the picture, we see self-avowed dirty trickster, Roger Stone, immediately after his indictment in Florida as part of the Mueller investigation. Stone, with his mouth running, is juxtaposed with a poster playing off a famous Trump campaign anti-Hillary Clinton mantra.
For “The Look,” we discuss a montage photographed and created by Tom Brenner for the NY Times. The photos of Reps. Gerry Connolly and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during a hearing recess are interesting for a number of reasons. They model an actual, constructive give-and-take among Congress members, albeit two from the same party. The also dispel the notion of Ocasio-Cortez as less than a team player, among other stereotypes.
“The Pick” this week features a photo by Kamil Krzaczynski for EPA. Michael and Cara have a lot to say about the quiet, humorous, artful, almost painterly nature of this photograph documenting Chicago’s deep freeze.
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