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
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.
February 11, 2018
Chatting the Pictures: Trump Cheerleaders; Super Bowl Body; SpaceX Starman
January 27, 2018
Chatting the Pictures: Women’s March; Nassar Trial; Trump/Govt Shutdown
April 7, 2017
Watch: Key Pictures from Trump’s First 100 Days: The Reading the Pictures Salon
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