September 14, 2021
Chatting the Pictures

Chatting the Pictures: Bernie Serves Up Massive New Deal

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 made by The New York Times’s Shawn McCreesh. It was taken during a sit down interview between columnist Maureen Dowd and Sen Bernie Sanders at a diner near his office in Burlington, Vt. Sanders would not be distracted from his agenda and the photo is captioned, “The man and his $6 trillion plan.” In the video, we discuss the effect of the setting, how Bernie turned the interview into a very successful photo op, and how this could ultimately become one of the key photos of Joe Biden’s “New Deal” administration.

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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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