November 19, 2020
Chatting the Pictures

Chatting the Pictures: The Most Secure Election in History

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The “most secure” pronouncement came by way of the government’s own Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. But with Donald Trump determined to contest what by all accounts was a clean and transparent election process, John Altdorfer’s photo for Reuters epitomizes the oversight. In the photo, an observer watches poll workers tabulate ballots at the Allegheny County Election Warehouse in Pittsburgh on November 6, 2020.  We discuss the evidentiary quality of this photo among related scenes.

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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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