September 16, 2021
Chatting the Pictures

Chatting the Pictures: Hurricane Ida, Chemical Plants Flare Louisiana Gulf

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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Hurricane Ida wreaked noticeable havoc from Louisiana to the Northwest. Some of the fallout wasn’t that obvious though. We take a closer look at this photograph by Chris Granger for The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate. Considering additional images by Julie Dermansky for, we detail the threat to the town of Norco and St. Charles Parish from the dark clouds of gas in the distance. A photo by Walker Evans also makes an appearance.

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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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