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.
January 11, 2020
This week, we look at key photos from the Australian fires, America's assassination of Iran's military chief, and a photo-illustration of guns in church.
December 17, 2019
Chatting the Pictures: Favorite 2019 News Photographs By Women
December 8, 2019
Chatting the Pictures Year End: Kamala Harris; Firestorm Tree; Greta Thunberg at Standing Rock
November 14, 2019
Chatting the Pictures: Impeachment Special
November 2, 2019
Chatting the Pictures: Wildfire Wedding, Impeachment’s Woman in Blue, Trump’s Raid Dog Retweet
October 19, 2019
Chatting the Pictures: Trump Pelosi Syria Blow Up; Giuliani the Wise Guy; Turkey Invades
September 25, 2019
Chatting the Pictures: Saudi Show & Tell; Migrants Captured in Cotton Field; Greta, Obama Fist Bump
September 2, 2019
Chatting the Pictures: Amazon as World’s Lungs; Hong Kong Lasers; Bulletproof Backpacks
August 17, 2019
Chatting the Pictures: Trumps with El Paso Baby; Hong Kong Airport Sit In; Elizabeth Warren in Iowa