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Michael Shaw

Berkeley, CA
Covers:  instagram, news photos, visual media, media, politics, visual politics, photography, twitter, visual spin, photojournalism, visual culture

Official feed of the visual politics + photojournalism site, BagNewsNotes

Michael Shaw's Biography

Michael Shaw is a Clinical Psychologist, an analyst of news photos and visual journalism, and a frequent lecturer and writer on visual politics and media literacy. His research has dealt with creative process visual thinking and how metaphors can lead to psychological insight. The founder and publisher of BagNewsNotes, the site is closely followed by the political and visual media, the photojournalism community and university visual studies and communications programs ...

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When Reality Isn't Dramatic Enough: Misrepresentation in a World Press and Picture of the Year Wi...

When Reality Isn't Dramatic Enough: Misrepresentation in a World Press and Picture of the Year Wi...

A Few Words About Joe Klamar's Viral (and "Obviously Terrible") Olympic Portraits

A Few Words About Joe Klamar's Viral (and "Obviously Terrible") Olympic Portraits

Big Media Sent 3 Of My Favorite War Photographers to Afghanistan And What They Brought Back Were ...

Big Media Sent 3 Of My Favorite War Photographers to Afghanistan And What They Brought Back Were ...

What was your first job as a journalist?

Same as the one I have now. Publisher of BagNewsNotes.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Certainly. For years.

How is social media changing news?

How isn't it? Picture-wise, the photo has come into its own as a stand-alone communication vehicle and editorial entity.

Dysturb's Street Photography | The New Republic

newrepublic.com — LOCATION: Paris, France Date: June 26, 2014 Photographer: Pierre Terdjman What if news photography was liberated from the news? What if it spoke from the sidewalks? If it did, would we listen? Posted outside a Paris Metro stop, this photo of a photo, originally taken by Laurent Van der Stockt for Le Monde, shows fighters in Damascus, Syria during a government gas attack.

Make Love, Not War

bagnewsnotes.com — May 24, 2015 It's not exactly a Memorial Day shot. On the other hand, if we agree that war is pathological, this image from an International Gay Rodeo Association event in Little Rock this week could be seen to radically challenge the disease.

Boy in the Suitcase: The First Photo of the New Century

bagnewsnotes.com — May 13, 2015 It is fitting that the first photograph of the 21st century includes an illegal immigrant. Yes, scanner technology is there as well, and we'll get to that, but let's stop and consider what we are seeing.

An Immigrant Walking: On the Stunning NYT Magazine / JR Cover

bagnewsnotes.com — April 23, 2015 How can you call an image subtle when it's 150 feet long, takes up an entire square in NYC and graces the cover of the NYT Magazine? You can when the portrait by the photo-activist JR, of an immigrant from Azerbaijan walking the streets of NY, merely serves as the cover illustration of a crowdsourced Times interactive mapping New Yorkers' favorite walks.

On That “Angry” Penguin

bagnewsnotes.com — April 22, 2015 Of all the nature and eco images I've come across lately, this hit me like a bucket of ice water. As denial and foot dragging continue to trump a clear call to action on climate change and as we anthropomorphize everything, why wouldn't the penguins be pissed?

Dead in the Water. Or: Ecology is About People, Too.

bagnewsnotes.com — April 21, 2015 I was all prepared to talk about the paradox of this photo, given this lagoon will be the site of the Olympic rowing and canoe sprint events at the 2016 games in Rio.

Belgian Distress Over World Press Winning Pictures: Considering News Photos in a Larger Atmosphere

bagnewsnotes.com — The fact that city representatives or the public-at-large would take issue with such depictions has been primarily characterized by the publishing world and the photo establishment as misplaced, as a misunderstanding of press photography rather than some misunderstanding or insensitivity on the part of the industry toward the public.

Join us Sunday 5/1 (11am EST) for The Lens in the Mirror: How Surveillance is Pictured in the Media and Public Culture - A Joint Open Society-BagNews Salon - BagNews

bagnewsnotes.com — We're proud to announce a joint Open Society Foundation/BagNews Salon examining the visual representation of surveillance in traditional and social media. Held in coordination with Open Society's current "Watching You, Watching Me" exhibition, this online HangOut will be led by BagNewsSalon moderator and visual scholar, Cara Finnegan of the University of Illinois, and co-produced by curator and writer, Marvin Heiferman.

World Press Photo: As Much About News as About the Human Condition?

bagnewsnotes.com — World Press Photo of the Year 2014 continues a tendency of choosing winners that are less about news and more about aesthetically exploring what it means to be a human. Two years ago, an overwhelming majority in the Russian parliament adopted a law banning homosexual propaganda.

The Optic of Family Values Just Doesn’t Mix Well With the Optic of Gun Rights

bagnewsnotes.com — February 8, 2015 Seattle gets most of the national attention when it comes to Washington state, but sometimes the real action happens in Olympia, the state capitol. On Saturday the capitol building in Olympia served as a meeting ground for gun rights activists who gathered with the intention of parading their weapons into the Washington state legislative chamber.
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