December 14, 2021
Chatting the Pictures

Chatting the Pictures: A Most Unique and Dignified Abortion Image

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 taken by Gabrielle Lurie for The San Francisco Chronicle. It shows Dr. Rebecca Taub, an OB-GYN specializing in family planning, performing a surgical abortion at the Trust Women clinic in Oklahoma City. In the video, we discuss how the intimacy and the camera angle dignifies the procedure. We also note how the white doctor and brown patient illustrates the fact that restrictions on abortions primarily affect poor women and women of color. Finally, we look at the impact of gender in the larger of the photo story and address the implications of both figures being from out-of-state.

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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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