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.
February 7, 2019
This week, our Chatting the Pictures webcast looks at Nancy Pelosi clapping Trump, a chilling border wall photo, and male Super Bowl cheerleaders.
February 3, 2019
Chatting the Pictures: Roger Stone; Ocasio-Cortez; Polar Vortex
January 18, 2019
Chatting the Pictures: Race and Trump’s Fast Food Feast at the White House
January 11, 2019
Chatting the Pictures: Trump Hotel Games Shutdown; New Women of Congress; Jail Hell in Manila
January 3, 2019
Chatting the Pictures: New Years Embrace, Migrant at Phoenix Bus Station, a Shutdown Portrait
December 20, 2018
Chatting the Pictures: Yemen Starvation Photos, Gaza Slingshot, Black Lives Matter Kid in a Tree
December 13, 2018
Chatting the Pictures: Yellow Vest Uprising; Through the Border Wall; Oval Office Showdown
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