Michael Shaw

Michael Shaw

Michael Shaw is a clinical psychologist and publisher of Reading the Pictures, the visual and media literacy nonprofit dedicated to the daily analysis of news images. He also writes and lectures on visual politics and photojournalism. He is a regular contributor to the Columbia Journalism Review, and his work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times MagazineThe New RepublicSalonQuartz, and American Photo.

Archive Sessions and Events Featuring Michael Shaw

Oct 62021

The Vision Black Female Photojournalists Bring To Major News Coverage

Black female photographers bring a unique visual perspective to major news events. In this talk, Tara and Michael will take a close, fascinating and informative look at key images from 2020’s social justice protests.

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Sep 162017

Reading the Pictures: Pete Souza and Michael Shaw in Conversation

Pete Souza is the former Chief Official White House Photographer for President Ronald Reagan and President Barack Obama, and the former director of the White House Photography Office. Michael Shaw is the publisher of the nonprofit organization, Reading the Pictures.

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Sep 282014

BagNewsSalon: Reading Key News Photos of 2014

Our distinguished Photoville panel will discuss ten key images that have appeared in 2014, including photos by Todd Heisler on immigration on “The Way North,” and Mario Tama on his extensive coverage of Brazil and the World Cup.

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Sep 282013

Photojournalism in Flux: A Matter of Ethics or Context?

The past year or so has been filled with controversy and debate about particular news images. An expert panel looks at key examples. The goal is to understand these debates less in terms of ethical breaches than the result of rapid shifts in aesthetics and technology and the continuing evolution of both social media and the online news/media market.

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Jun 232012

The State of the News Photo

Publisher of the award winning visual politics and photojournalism site, BagNewsNotes, Michael Shaw assess the current state of the news photo.

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