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 Dallas Morning News photographer, Tom Fox. The photo shows an armed shooter during an attack at the Earle Cabell federal courthouse in downtown Dallas. With the ubiquity of these attacks, the media policy recently has been to erase the attacker by not naming him or showing his photo. In contrast, this is the rare instance where we are able to observe an attack (and what seems like the shooter’s expression of fear) in real time.
For “The Look,” we discuss an image taken by climate researcher Steffen M. Olsen for the Danish Meteorological Institute. This photo, was made in the northwest of Greenland as the dogs traveled on top of melting sea ice. We discuss the irony of this image, which at first reads as a visual trope for adventure and exploration, or a cool scene where dogs appear to run on water. Instead, the image proves a vivid snapshot of climate change.
“The Pick” this week is by Henry Nicholls via Reuters and was taken during London Fashion Week Men’s shows. We discuss fashion, or more specifically, “Inflatable couture,” as a beacon of political commentary. We also discuss the photo in terms of one more filter bubble, and also a critique of masculinity.
You can find all the Chatting the Pictures replays here.