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 28 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: 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.
December 13, 2018
From the French Yellow Vest uprising to a unique US border photo to a brilliant version of the Trump-Pelosi-Schumer Showdown, watch our latest webcast on key pictures of the week.
November 5, 2018
The Visual Representation of the US/Mexico Border Wall in the Media — The Reading the Pictures Salon
November 1, 2018
Chatting the Pictures: Blue Wave; Pittsburgh Gaze; Brazil’s New Trademark
October 26, 2018
Chatting the Pictures: Co-opting “the Caravan”; CNN and the Pipe Bombs; Saudi Ambush
October 19, 2018
Chatting the Pictures: The So-Called “Mob,” The Ultimate Fire, Saudi Prince in a Whirlwind
September 13, 2018
Chatting the Pictures: Kaepernick/Nike; Jack Dorsey/InfoWars; Kavanaugh/Parkland Dad
August 31, 2018
Chatting the Pictures: Pope Under Fire; McCain’s Twilight; Trump Piqued
August 24, 2018
Chatting the Pictures: Silent Sam, Charlottesville BlacKkKlansman, Trump “Judgement Day”
June 16, 2018
Chatting the Pictures: Border Enforcement/Family Separation; Trump/Kim Summit; A Proud Election Victory