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February 3, 2019

Chatting the Pictures: Roger Stone; Ocasio-Cortez; Polar Vortex

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.

You can find all the Chatting the Pictures replays here.


Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images Caption: Roger Stone, a former adviser to President Donald Trump, speaks to the media after leaving the federal courthouse on January 25, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

Photo: Tom Brenner/New York Times Caption: Reps. Gerry Connolly, left, converses with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during a hearing recess on Capitol Hill. January 29, 2019.

Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock Caption: January 29, 2019, A high school student from China takes a selfie along snowy Lake Michigan in Chicago. 

  • Panelists
  • Michael Shaw An analyst of news photos and visual journalism, and a frequent lecturer and writer on visual politics, photojournalism and media literacy, Michael is the founder and publisher of Reading the Pictures.
  • Cara Finnegan Communication Professor, University of Illinois. Author of Making Photography Matter: A Viewer's History from the Civil War to the Great Depression and Picturing Poverty: Print Culture and FSA Photographs. Moderator, Reading the Pictures Salon.

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