June 18, 2021
Chatting the Pictures

Chatting the Pictures: Beyond Cute

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. Chatting the Pictures is produced by Liliana Michelena.

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About the Video

This photo was taken by Drew Angerer for Getty Images. In it, we see Xiao Qi Ji, a nine-month panda cub, climbing a tree at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington D.C. on May 20, 2021. In the video, we discuss why one version of a picture gets chosen by editors over others; why certain photos find their way into more “photo of the week” slideshows; and how this picture resonates as much with pandemic recovery as international politics.

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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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