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Reading the Pictures: Meet the De Blasios!

Michael Shaw | Posted 12.31.2013 | Media
Michael Shaw

2013-10-31-Screenshot20131031at8.39.58AM.jpgIt's the Hollywood-style titling and typeface, as if branding The De Blasio family as a show. It might as well read: Meet The Jeffersons ... with a White Dad!

Reading the Pictures: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid (Without Your AmEx Card)

Michael Shaw | Posted 11.10.2013 | Media
Michael Shaw

2013-09-10-Screenshot20130910at8.35.04AM.jpgWelcome to "American Express intelligent security," where your affiliation with the corporation and the card has suddenly morphed and expanded and you're now a "member of a more secure world."

Reading the Pictures: Multiracial Zimmerman Protest Photos Sign of Change or Wishful Thinking?

Michael Shaw | Posted 09.14.2013 | Media
Michael Shaw

2013-07-15-shawpull.jpgOne thing that struck me immediately about the photo coverage of the response to the Zimmerman verdict is the number of widely-published newswire images highlighting a multi-racial response.

Reading the Pictures: What Shocks Me Most About the Bloody Boston Marathon Bombing Pictures (GRAPHIC)

Michael Shaw | Posted 06.17.2013 | Media
Michael Shaw

2013-04-17-20130417BostonMarathonbombingvictimJohnTlumacki.jpgWhat takes me aback are how graphic the news photos are as compared to the almost total visual censorship of American war casualties over the past twelve years.

Reading the Pictures: The Border Fence: Still Everybody's Dog Whistle

Michael Shaw | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Michael Shaw

2013-02-21-ScreenShot20130221at7.21.43AM.pngPlain and simple, scenes of the border, the fencing of the border and the securing of the border remain the dog whistle of the immigration debate.

Reading the Pictures: Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly and the New Liberal Times

Michael Shaw | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Michael Shaw

2013-02-01-Shawgiffords They emerged this week as the most vivid representatives of Obama's new liberal America, as emblematic of the times and what ails us as Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson were America's "terror era" canaries in the coal mine.

Reading the Pictures: Doom in America: What the NY Post Subway Death Photo Is Really About

Michael Shaw | Posted 02.04.2013 | Media
Michael Shaw

2012-12-05-ShawNYPOST Beyond the pitched cries of editorial impropriety, perhaps it's not all clear what the subway photo is really about. When you think about it, for example, what the photo offers is not the story of what happened so much as its consequence.

Reading the Pictures: No, Everyone DOESN'T Do It: Why WaPo's Defense of Ryan's Soup Kitchen Photo Op Is Dead Wrong

Michael Shaw | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Michael Shaw

2012-10-19-Screenshot20121019at9.17.34AM.jpgI'm so sorry it's Washington's premier news institution that forces me to have to spell this out in such frank terms, but the Paul Ryan photo-op was much less theater than it was fraud.

Reading the Pictures: Did Ryan Campaign Fake Photo Op at Ohio Soup Kitchen, and Did Media Enable It?

Michael Shaw | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Michael Shaw

2012-10-15-PaulRyandishes Looking at the pictures published by CBS, AP, NBC and the NYT, it appears as if Paul Ryan rolled up his sleeves and helped clean up after a meal served at an Ohio soup kitchen.

Reading the Pictures: 'F-ing With Your Mind: What Makes the Austin "Chair Lynching" So Brilliantly Hateful'

Michael Shaw | Posted 11.24.2012 | Politics
Michael Shaw

2012-09-24-pullquote.jpgWhat makes this picture so insidious is how brilliantly novel and subliminal it is.

Reading the Pictures: About Those 'Lottery Winner' Dinners With the Presidential Candidates

Michael Shaw | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics
Michael Shaw

2012-08-24-obamapic.jpg Isn't what we're seeing here, in fact, mostly the product of brilliant marketing, the president (or Romney) engineering the perception of populism and participation?

Reading the Pictures: Obama -- Rebirth of the Cool

Michael Shaw | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
Michael Shaw

2012-07-16-Screenshot20120716at12.32.46PM.pngWith Obama campaigning like it's October, the photos of Prez in the rain in Virginia on Saturday drew plenty of buzz. For a day, at least, it felt like the return of "yes we can."

Reading the Pictures: Romney's Check(ed) Out Scanner Moment Just Waiting To Happen (Again)

Michael Shaw | Posted 09.12.2012 | Politics
Michael Shaw

2012-07-13-Screenshot20120713at11.35.06AM.pngMitt Romney's existence in a different America than the other 99%+ is a just a (campaign) disaster waiting to happen.

Reading the Pictures: Mitt's Temperature

Michael Shaw | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics
Michael Shaw

2012-05-11-Screenshot20120511at8.56.49AM.jpgFor all the Levis and plain-language answers that supposedly constitute Mitt 2.0, what we continue to see in Romney is someone who is excitable, always right and constantly taking offense.

Reading the Pictures: Obama's Perfunctory Gay Marriage Endorsement

Michael Shaw | Posted 07.10.2012 | Gay Voices
Michael Shaw

2012-05-10-pullquote.jpgIs it a significant development that the president of the United States has professed his support for gay marriage? Of course it is. Is it also a narrow development? Yes, that, too.

Reading the Pictures: Ann Romney's Coffee With the Nation in Her $1000 T-Shirt

Michael Shaw | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics
Michael Shaw

2012-05-03-Screenshot20120503at1.53.07PM.jpgIf you use your wife to humanize you and to help relate to the average American, you might want to remind her before sitting down for coffee with the nation NOT to wear her $990 T-shirt.

Reading the Pictures: Surveilling the Death of Anna Brown

Michael Shaw | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
Michael Shaw

Anna Brown is dying. Last September, Anna Brown, a 29-year-old homeless black woman, went to three hospital emergency rooms complaining of pain in he...

Reading the Pictures: The Active Duty Homecoming Kiss -- The Gay Male Edition (Finally)

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.01.2012 | Media
Michael Shaw

2012-03-01-dfdgrrgfvfgvbbnnbnbv.jpgThere are several elements to point out about this photo which both punctuate the kiss and the potential for pushing buttons of less open-minded viewers. Here they are in increasing order of impact.

Reading the Pictures: The Clint Eastwood Chrysler "Halftime in America" Controversy, and the Doctored Wisconsin Footage

Michael Shaw | Posted 04.08.2012 | Media
Michael Shaw

2012-02-07-chrysler.jpgIf we want to take visual politics seriously, what Chrysler and its corporate Madison Avenue agency did in its ad can be best understood as anti-union.

Reading the Pictures: Stephen Crowley's Extraordinary Photo of Santorum at an African-American Church

Michael Shaw | Posted 04.03.2012 | Media
Michael Shaw

2012-02-02-Screenshot20120202at7.57.56AM.pngHere is a true "emperor's new clothes" moment, not to mention a brilliant example of the photojournalist refusing to play along.

Reading the Pictures: "Occupy" Flag Burning Photo as Extreme Prejudice

Michael Shaw | Posted 03.31.2012 | Media
Michael Shaw

2012-01-30-Screenshot20120130at1.22.20PM.pngThe photo almost everybody saw. I guess it's hard to conclude anything other than the fact that the Occupy movement must have decided to torch itself.

Reading the Pictures: Brewer-Obama: Letter Rip

Michael Shaw | Posted 03.27.2012 | Media
Michael Shaw

2012-01-26-Screenshot20120126at1.00.16PM.jpg This shot got the overwhelming share of attention -- a reactionary governor, overflowing with the same lack of respect for the president as the radical far-right she's aligned with.

Reading the Pictures: Occupy: End of the Camping Trip?

Michael Shaw | Posted 01.15.2012 | Politics
Michael Shaw

2011-11-15-Screenshot20111115at11.22.01AM.pngIs this the beginning of the end, or just the end of the beginning for Occupy Wall Street?

Reading the Pictures: Demonizing OWS: Beware "the Anger Meme"

Michael Shaw | Posted 12.18.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-10-19-Screenshot20111019at8.53.45AM.pngWhat's so significant about this Washington Post photo is how it plants the seeds of demonization in a movement that has been overwhelmingly peaceful and non-violent so far.

Reading the Pictures: Occupy Demographics: Dirty Hippies?

Michael Shaw | Posted 12.12.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-10-12-Screenshot20111012at9.08.15AM.jpgIs Occupy Wall Street comprised of hippie youth? Not according to these photos.