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July 14, 2019

Chatting the Pictures: Jeffrey Epstein Protest; Megan Rapinoe SI Cover; Migrant X-Ray

Welcome to the latest edition of Chatting the Pictures. In each 10-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 is by Stephanie Keith for Getty Images. It shows a protest against Jeffrey Epstein in front of the New York Federal courthouse after he was charged for sex trafficking of minors. We discuss how Epstein is now visible, and how young woman now have the opportunity to raise their voices and assert their power over him.

For “The Look,” we discuss an image taken by Richard Heathcote of Getty Images on the cover of July 15, 2019 edition of Sports Illustrated. It shows Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan of Team USA celebrating after winning the Women’s World Cup in France. We speak to the dynamics of Rapinoe’s gesture as an embracing one, and also a proud gesture that women haven’t traditionally demonstrated. We also analyze the meaning of Morgan doing the vertical leap.

“The Pick” this week was distributed by the Mexican Secretary of Public Security via Reuters. It shows migrants in a tractor trailer after being detected by police X-ray equipment in Concepcion del Oro in Zacatecas state. We discuss how surveillance photo further dehumanizes migrants in the ongoing border crisis.

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Slideshow

Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images. Caption: A protest group called “Hot Mess” hold up signs of Jeffrey Epstein in front of the Federal courthouse on July 8, 2019 in New York City. According to reports, Epstein will be charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors.

Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images. Caption: July 15, 2019 edition of Sports Illustrated.
Photo: Secretary of Public Security/via Reuters
Caption: Migrants are seen in a tractor trailer after being detected by police X-ray equipment in Concepcion del Oro, Zacatecas state, Mexico. 

  • 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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