March 9, 2020

Chatting the Pictures: Virus Cover-up; Racial Politics in Selma; Women Covering the Weinstein Trial

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.

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About the Video

“The News” photo this week was taken by David Ryder for Reuters. It was shot at a nursing home in Washington State, the sight marking the worst domestic outbreak of the coronavirus. We discuss how the picture is a metaphor for the American government’s so-far makeshift response to the crisis.



For “The Look,” we discuss a photo taken by Joseph Ax for Reuters. We explore the impact of churchgoers turning their backs on Michael Bloomberg in Selma, Alabama, as he speaks on the anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” as well as the visual framing of African-Americans in the presidential campaign overall.

“The Pick” this week celebrates a photo series taken by Mary Altaffer for the AP showcasing women journalists covering the Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial. We elaborate on the scope of the images while highlighting historic details.

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The Full Edit

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

PHOTO: David Ryder /REUTERS.

Caption: Six people in the Seattle area have died of illness caused by the coronavirus, health officials said on Monday, as authorities across the United States scrambled to prepare for more infections.

Photo: Joseph Ax/REUTERS.

Caption: Churchgoers turn their backs on Michael Bloomberg as he speaks about racial inequality during an event commemorating the ‘Bloody Sunday’ civil rights march in Selma, Alabama. March 1, 2020

PHOTO: Mary Altaffer/AP

Caption: New York Post reporter Rebecca Rosenberg, left, New York Times reporter Jan Ransom, second from left, Fox News field producer Marta Dhanis, third from left, and freelance reporter working for Vulture magazine Victoria Bekiempis, right, go over their notes at the end of the day in Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in New York. Courtroom artist Jane Rosenberg is seen in the background.

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