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Reading the Pictures produces two video programs. Chatting the Pictures is a biweekly, highly-edited 10-minute webcast featuring publisher Michael Shaw and visual academic Cara Finnegan analyzing 3 key news photographs. The Reading the Pictures Salon is a panel discussion concerned with how the media and social media visually frame key social and cultural issues.

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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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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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Video May 11, 2021

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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More about Chatting the Pictures and the Salon.

Chatting the Pictures is a lively, highly edited look at key news photographs. Co-hosts Michael Shaw, publisher of Reading the Pictures, and writer and historian, Cara Finnegan, meet to discuss three prominent photos in the recent news. You can find all the Chatting the Pictures replays here.

The Reading the Pictures Salon analyzes 8-9 carefully researched photos chosen for theme and depth of content. Each 90-minute 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.