August 22, 2021
Chatting the Pictures

Chatting the Pictures: On That US Transport Plane Swarmed By Afghans on a Kabul Runway

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 video screenshot from the Associated Press showed Afghans running alongside a U.S. military plane at the Hamid Karzai International Airport after the Afghan government collapsed and the country fell to the Taliban on Monday, August 16, 2021. President Biden vowed to rescue thousands of Afghan nationals who had worked with the Americans, but their fates remain uncertain. In the video, we discuss the powerful reaction to the imagery in the United States, the intensity of the unfolding rescue mission, and how we can only guess how the image will be seen over time.

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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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