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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