July 17, 2021
Chatting the Pictures

Chatting the Pictures: A Covid Kiss That Is Harder to Read

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 picture was posted on Instagram by Canadian photographer Rachael Blakey. It was made for a shared collection on everyday life during the pandemic. Blakey notes that the finish line is in sight in the second year of COVID-19 and she is looking forward to getting back to normal. We discuss the tone of the image and how it parallels earlier photos of pandemic hugs, kisses, and solidarity.

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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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