Reading The Pictures is dedicated to the analysis of news photos and media images.

About Salon

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.

Chatting the Pictures is a mostly weekly edition of the Reading the Pictures Salon. Co-hosts Michael Shaw and Cara Finnegan meet up online for twenty-minutes to take a deeper look at 3 current news photos.

February 18, 2018

Chatting the Pictures: White House Blind Loyalty; Obamas in Paint; Parkland Youth Take the Mics

Watch our latest chat with RTP's Michael Shaw and Cara Finnegan. It's a lively and unique 20-minute webcast looking at key photos of the week.

Chatting the Pictures: White House Blind Loyalty; Obamas in Paint; Parkland Youth Take the Mics

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