October 3, 2021
Chatting the Pictures

Chatting the Pictures: The Most Telling Photos of US Olympic Gymnasts Testifying Against the FBI

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In this photo by Anna Moneymaker for Getty Images, we see U.S. Olympic Gymnasts Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney and world champion Maggie Nichols approached by Senator Pat Leahy after their appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Biles and her fellow gymnasts gave testimony on the abuse they experienced at the hand of Larry Nassar, the former US women’s national gymnastics team doctor, and the FBI’s negligence in handling their cases in 2015.  At least 40 more girls and women said they were molested after the FBI became aware of the problem. In the video, we highlight the assertiveness, the anger, and the powerful use of “negative space” in this photograph. We also describe how this photo and others represent women who have testified in Congress against the system.

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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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