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.
This photo was taken by Alexander Zemlianichenko for AP. It shows WNBA star Brittney Griner leaving a courtroom after a hearing in Khimki, Russia, on Friday, May 13, 2022. The two-time Olympic gold medalist and seven-time WNBA all-star for the Phoenix Mercury has been detained since she arrived in Russia on Feb. 17th. Griner, who plays for a Russian team in the WNBA’s offseason, is accused of possessing illegal drugs. Her detention is widely seen as retribution for western support for Ukraine in the war with Russia.
In the video, we discuss the power of Griner’s body language and the photo’s reflections on the Soviet state.
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