The Reading the Pictures Salon is a panel discussion concerned with how the media and social media visually frame key social and cultural issues. These programs, mostly broadcast online, are watched by up to hundreds of people at a time who can also participate by live chat.
Each salon analyzes 8-9 carefully researched photos chosen for theme and depth of content. Each panel is made up of leading photographers, photo editors, visual academics and other experts experienced in the subject.
Since 2008, we have produced 29 Salons working with sponsors such as Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Open Society Foundation. We have covered topics from social justice to political campaigns to foreign policy. For examples, take a look at: The Visual Representation of the US/Mexico Border Wall in the Media; How Science is Pictured in the Media and Public Culture; The Visual Framing of the Migrant Crisis; The Visual Framing of Surveillance; The Debate Over White House Photo Access; The Picture from Syria; or The War on Women. Each post contains a full replay of the broadcast, along with 2-3 minute highlight videos from each photo discussed. You can find all the full salons here.
Chatting the Pictures is a shorter and more frequent edition of the Salon. Co-hosts Michael Shaw, publisher of Reading the Pictures, and writer and historian, Cara Finnegan, meet up online for twenty-minutes to discuss three prominent photos in the news. You can find all the Chatting the Pictures replays here.
August 17, 2019
Chatting the Pictures looks at the Trump portrait with the infant of El Paso massacre victims, the Hong Kong airport sit-in, and Elizabeth Warren in Iowa.
August 6, 2019
Migrant Mother and Child Stopped in Mexico; Greta Thunberg’s Look; Democratic Debate Show
July 23, 2019
Chatting the Pictures: The Squad; NOLA Flood; Drone Guns
July 14, 2019
Chatting the Pictures: Jeffrey Epstein Protest; Megan Rapinoe SI Cover; Migrant X-Ray
July 2, 2019
Chatting the Pictures: Seeing a Shooter; Arctic Melt; Inflatable Couture
June 24, 2019
Chatting the Pictures: Hong Kong Democracy Protests
June 8, 2019
Chatting the Pictures: Graphic VA Beach Photo; Javanka at Buckingham Palace; Tank Man 30 Years On
May 9, 2019
Chatting the Pictures: Denver School Shooting, Met Gala, Royal Baby
May 2, 2019
Chatting the Pictures: Shifty Barr, Chabad Shooting, Buttigieg “First Family” TIME Cover