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” examines 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 a photo by Anna Moneymaker for The New York Times. It was taken at a July 4th weekend political rally for the president at Mt. Rushmore before almost 4,000 guests. The crowd was largely unmasked and not socially distanced, and Trump gave a “divisive” speech about American heritage. We analyze it for effectiveness, political incitement, and even decibel level.
For “The Look,” we discuss an image taken by Lawrence Bryant for Reuters. In the photo, we see Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey draw their firearms on protesters as they enter their neighborhood during a racial just protest on June 28th. We break down the photo in terms of the relationship between white fear, white privilege and violence against African-Americans.
“The Pick” this week is a photo by Marc Clennon published in The New Yorker. It’s a self-portrait taken June 4th at a racial justice rally in Cadman Plaza Park, in downtown Brooklyn. We look at how Clennon uses the scene to explore his professional role, his identity, and a mirror that demands accountability.
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Take a closer look at some of the images from our larger photo edit.