October 14, 2020
Chatting the Pictures

Chatting the Pictures: From Breonna Taylor’s Side Window

Welcome to Chatting the Pictures. Every two weeks, we present short highlights of a lively discussion between Michael Shaw, publisher of Reading the Pictures, and writer, professor and historian, Cara Finnegan. Each video is dedicated to analyzing a significant picture in the news.

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About the Video

This portrait of Breonna Taylor’s Sister, Juniyah Palmer, was taken by LaToya Ruby Frazier for Vanity Fair. Palmer was living with Breonna, but she wasn’t home the night Louisville police launched the fatal raid that killed her sister. LaToya Ruby Frazier is well known for her photographic work on family history, and social and economic justice. We discuss the picture as a powerful emotional and forensic record of a event that seems to defy due process.

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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

Cara Finnegan is a writer, photo historian, and professor of Communication at the University of Illinois. She has been affiliated with Reading The Pictures for nearly 15 years, most recently as co-host of Chatting The Pictures. Her latest book is Photographic Presidents: Making History from Daguerreotype to Digital, out with University of Illinois Press in spring 2021.


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