March 30, 2021
Chatting the Pictures

Chatting the Pictures: A Photo that Gestures We’re Coming Out of Covid

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

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About the Video

This photograph was taken by Alex Edelman during a ride-along with Covid first responders in MD in March 2020. It recently earned a Picture Story Award of Excellence from the White House News Photographers Association awards. As Edelman writes, “I was diagnosed as Maryland’s 11th COVID-19 case in early March 2020. After recovering, I was given access to ride along with firefighters and paramedics as they respond to COVID-19-911 emergency calls. I covered the same crew for their entire 24-hour shift and I continue to document their efforts.”

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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 most recent book is Photographic Presidents: Making History from Daguerreotype to Digital.


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