The Reading the Pictures Salon is a panel discussion, broadcast live online, to analyze the media framing of news and documentary photographs. These programs are watched live by hundreds of people at a time who can also participate by live chat.
Each salon does a deep analysis of 8-9 carefully researched images representing the visual representation of a key social issue. Our panel is made up of leading photographers who have shot the story, photo editors who have crafted it, and visual scholars who specialize in that subject matter.
Since 2008, we have produced 28 Salons looking at topics such as the media representation of Science, Surveillance, presidential campaigns, the Migrant Crisis, the Great Recession, and other topics with sponsors such as Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and the Open Society Foundation.
April 7, 2017
In this latest edition of the Reading the Pictures Salon, a distinguished panel reads key pictures from the first 100 days of the Trump Presidency.
October 1, 2016
How Science is Pictured in the Media and Public Culture: A Joint Reading the Pictures/Seeing Science (UMBC) Salon
September 15, 2016
Photoville ’16 Salon: The Presidential Campaign Through New Eyes
February 28, 2016
Watch the Reading the Pictures Salon: A Look at Early Campaign ’16
December 15, 2015
Watch the Reading The Pictures Salon: The Visual Framing of the Migrant Crisis
January 15, 2015
The Lens in the Mirror: How Surveillance is Pictured in the Media and Public Culture — A Joint Open Society-BagNews Salon
September 22, 2014
The BagNewsSalon at Photoville 2014: The Most Significant News Photos of the Year
April 13, 2014
Watch the BagNews Salon: The Visual Framing of Kiev and the Battle for Independence Square
January 21, 2014
The Debate Over White House Photo Access: The BagNews Salon (with Video Highlights)