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The Backlash Election: Campaign ’16 in Pictures

  • Big Room 120 @SVA MFA Photo 214 East 21st Street New York, NY, 10010 United States (map)

To many, the 2016 presidential campaign has only deepened the cynicism about the American political system. In this presentation, Michael Shaw, the publisher of Reading the Pictures, offers a visual grand tour of Campaign '16, from the anger and cynicism to the quirky irony to surprising instances of soundness.

Free and open to the public.

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Michael Shaw, publisher of the non-profit, ReadingThePictures,, is an analyst of news photos and visual journalism, and a frequent lecturer and writer on news imagery, photojournalism and documentary photography. Michael has been referred to as the first full-time news photo critic.

Reading the Pictures is the only site dedicated to the daily analysis of news and cultural images. Launched in 2004, RTP is closely followed on multiple platforms (notably it’s own website, as well as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook by the news and visual media; the photojournalism community; university journalism, photojournalism and communication programs; and citizens interested in politics and visual culture. The site also features the Reading the Pictures Salon, a series that examines how the media and social media visually frame the major news events of our day. An “aha" exercise in media and visual literacy, the Salon invites photographers, editors and visual scholars to analyze an edit of 9-10 individual images either live, or in a live Google Hangout with accompanying audience chat.

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