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Chatting the Pictures Video June 30, 2023

Chatting the Pictures: Rough Times for Trump and His Body Man

In addition to the power imbalance evident in the photo, we explore the racial and cultural dynamics in the Trump-Nauta relationship.

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Chatting the Pictures Video March 14, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: A Focus on the Neediest Covid Patients in L.A.

"Is this the end?" Written in Spanish on a white board, this question has a lot to say about class, race, ethnicity and COVID-19 in L.A.

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Chatting the Pictures Video November 24, 2020

Chatting the Pictures: Kamala’s Sorority Sisters Stroll Dance in Harlem Inspired by 2020 Victory

We discuss the joy and history of Alpha Kappa Alpha as Kamala's sorority sisters stroll dance in Harlem inspired by the Biden/Harris victory.

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Chatting the Pictures Video October 14, 2020

Chatting the Pictures: From Breonna Taylor’s Side Window

This photo of Juniyah Palmer, Breonna Taylor's sister, was taken by LaToya Ruby Frazier. We find it a powerful emotional and forensic record.

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Notes Photo December 17, 2017

Cruel Looking: From Puerto Rico, and Beyond

Showing the bodies of others—be they Puerto Rican children or British Muslims—and stripping them of dignity in full view: this is cruel looking. Knowing it is wrong is part of the plan.

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Notes Photo July 5, 2017

Importance of Seeing the Trauma: The Video of Diamond Reynolds and Daughter in Back of a Police Car

Analyzing the video of Diamond Reynolds and her daughter detained in the back of a police car after an officer shot and killed her boyfriend, Philando Castile.

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Notes Photo June 20, 2017

The Mind of Skinheads: What the Racist is Expected to Look Like

The photos suggest that racism can be depicted by signs of gender, sexuality, and class, and if people don’t live or look like that, they must not be.

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Notes Photo September 22, 2016

On That Riot Cop/Bus Photo After Police Kill Black Man in Charlotte

Beyond its literal meaning, the text on the bus is also a blunt commentary about where we stand in this endless cycle of violence.

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Photo March 16, 2016

Brian Palmer: All Our Sorrows Heal

This is the first installment in a Reading the Pictures Originals series on the South, an abandoned African-American cemetery and “the Other Richmond.”

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Notes Photo December 13, 2015

Police Ride-Along Photography and Natalie Keyssar’s New Turn

As concern has escalated in America over police violence and race relations, attention has risen, too, over how photojournalism depicts the issue. Read on.

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Notes Photo November 5, 2015

Posing the Dead with their Vices: Media Fascination a Matter of Race?

These photographs quickly turn from mementos into scenes in which national audiences view the short, sordid lives of others.

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Notes Photo July 23, 2015

The Sandra Bland Mug Shot and the Distrust of Photography

The main point here is not whether these questions or allegations are even possible but that people might look at the picture and see it so.

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Notes Photo April 28, 2015

The Looting Selfie and Portraits of Media Bias in Baltimore

What was particular to the photo coverage of protest violence this week was the portraiture. I don't recall citizens so willing to share their venom with news photographers in an actual pose.

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Notes Photo August 14, 2014

On that Incredible Screen Shot of the Ferguson Protester Marked in a Police Laser Sight

In a single picture, it captures the double-bind, the bait-and-switch, the potentially lethal double-cross that can happen like-that on any doorstep or at any traffic stop.

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Notes Photo April 11, 2014

Art Photography vs. News Photography: Politico, Race and the "Other Washington"

Repurposing art photos capturing economic disparity in Washington DC, Politico turns them into into racial stereotypes about African-Americans.

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Notes Photo January 4, 2008

Hopefully, New Models Coming For Reaching Out

The guy can stonewall the Democratic Congress and intimidate elected Repubs all he wants, but in the end, he's waged a horrible war of attrition on his own party.  Regarding the image, specifically, one thing Obama's new prominence does is cast the Bush/Rove demographic PR strategy in a much...

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