Videos

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.

Previous Videos
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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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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Videos, explained by Michael Shaw
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.