February 3, 2019
Chatting the Pictures

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.

By Michael Shaw
About the Video

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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The Full Edit

Take a closer look at some of the images from our larger photo edit.

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.

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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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