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Video July 17, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: A Covid Kiss That Is Harder to Read

Two people kiss through plastic bags marking love in the time of Covid. We discuss how the image parallels earlier pandemic hugs and kisses.

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Video July 12, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: Honoring Farm Worker Parents in Proud Graduation Photos

A student takes her graduation pictures in the same farm field she once worked with her parents. We compare it to others and explore the visual history.

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COVID 19 Photo June 27, 2021

Picturing Vaccination Reluctance Among Conservative Christians

Vaccination reluctance in these small Appalachian towns is less a matter of politics or social responsibility than a complex conflict with faith.

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Biden Presidency Video June 25, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: Biden-Putin Summit Photo Cracks the Fourth Wall

Just an amusing photograph? We discuss how savvy it was for the media to circulate it, and how surprisingly informative it is.

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Environment Video June 18, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: Beyond Cute

We explain how this Chinese panda at the National Zoo in Washington both offers lessons in photo editing and captures a post-pandemic mood.

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Middle East Watch Video June 16, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: Photo of Gaza Vigil an Appeal to the Senses

Amidst the rubble, this photo of Palestinian family members attending a candlelight vigil in Gaza makes an exquisite appeal to the senses.

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Video June 8, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: A Singular Picture of George Floyd’s Daughter Entering the White House

On the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death, this photo of his family visiting the White House stood above the others.

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Video June 3, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: Submerged Man in Miami and Kadir van Lohuizen’s Essential Climate Imagery

Considering a deep examination of the world's vanishing coastlines and the media challenge of making climate crisis images more impactful.

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Disaster Focus Photo June 1, 2021

Haunting for the Beauty, or the Stalking?

Beauty and subtlety distracts from the reality of asylum seekers in this news photos from the US/Mexico border.

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International Focus Photo May 27, 2021

Scenes from Work as Photographers Increasingly Caught Up in the Protests They Cover

These Instagram photos of Colombian news photographer Luis Robayo speak to the all-consuming challenge of covering protests today.

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Gun Violence Video May 21, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: The Ameriguns

Parker ‘Baret’ Fawbush stands with his family and his firearms for an American family portrait in Poseyville Indiana.

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International Focus Photo May 11, 2021

Figure and Ground

We rarely discuss it this formally, but our analysis of important news photos always considers the relationship between figure and ground.

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Chatting the Pictures: Frank Thorp’s Portrait of Dion 100 Days after the Capitol Riot

This portrait photograph of Dion Montague is part of an NBC News feature, "After the Riot," marking 100 days since the Capitol attack.

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Coronavirus Video May 1, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: World Press Photo of The Year, A COVID-19 Hug

World Press Photo of the Year depicts a patron embraced by a nurse at a care home, Sao Paulo, Brazil, through a curtain of clear plastic.

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Gun Violence Video April 21, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: Riot Cop Photo Raises Question of "Who's the Other?"

A prominent photo from the civil rights protests in Minnesota raises important questions about power and place.

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Activism & Protest Video April 16, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: Lightning in George Floyd Square

Lightning strikes near the intersection of Chicago Avenue and 38th Street in Minneapolis, also known as George Floyd Square.

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Photo March 31, 2021

Notable Faces from the Start of the George Floyd Murder Trial

At the start of jury selection in the George Floyd murder trial, seeing solidarity, and visualizing accountability.

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Coronavirus Video March 30, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: A Photo that Gestures We're Coming Out of Covid

You can't have humor without distance. Does this award-winning photo suggest the U.S. is finally emerging from the trauma of the pandemic?

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COVID 19 Photo March 23, 2021

The Halfs and the Half-Nots

How photojournalism is channeling split-screens and divided societies. Perceptually and morally, the style serves as an apt social mirror.

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Biden Presidency Video March 18, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: The Man for the Season

Though hardly photogenic, this powerful photo of President Biden captures his faith and focus to guide America out of the COVID-19 crisis.

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