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January 24, 2012

BagNews Salon Preview: What makes Win McNamee’s Newt/Callista Candy Store Photo as Sweet as it is? 

Temptations and indulgences — the Newt storyline?  Kids in a candy store?  She could eat no fat, he could eat no lean? You say “Newt,” I say …”Fudge?

The question is, what makes Win McNamee’s photo from this New Hampshire candy store as sweet as it is?

We’ll be looking into the photo with an expert cast of photographers, visual academics and political analysts as part of Sunday’s BagNews “Campaign Mania” Salon.  It’s 9 photos in 90 minutes. Hope you can join us!

Date: Sunday, January 29th

Time: 10 am PST/ 1 pm EST / 6pm London (running for 90 minutes)

Location: Online Webinar -

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Host: Michael Shaw, Publisher, BagNewsNotes
Moderator: Cara Finnegan, Professor of Communication – U. of Illinois, Co-editor: Visual Rhetoric: a reader in communication and American culture


Nina Berman – Documentary Photographer, NOOR, and Contributor – BagNewsOriginals
Janis Edwards – Associate Professor, Communication Studies, University of Alabama
Justin Elliott – Reporter,
Brendan Hoffman – Freelance Photographer; Co-Founder of Prime Collective; covering Campaign ‘12 for TIME and NY Times
Chip Somodevilla – Staff Photographer, Getty Images
Loret Steinberg – Professor of Photojournalism and Documentary Photography/R.I.T.

Salons are co-edited and produced by Ida C. Benedetto


(Photo: Win McNamee/Getty. Caption: Republican presidential candidate, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R) and his wife Callista (C) browse fudge samples with owner Jim Alden (L) while visiting Chutters Candy Shop – home of the ‘World’s Largest Candy Counter’ – during a short tour of Main Street January 5, 2012 in Littleton, New Hampshire. After finishing 4th in the Iowa Caucus, Gingrich continued his campaign in New Hampshire for the upcoming, first in the nation primary.)

  • bks

    If it had been a Tiffany’s display, the picture would have been worth $500,000.


  • karen h

    So many of the Ten Commandments, so little time. Feels like one of those Highlights Magazine “find the hidden pictures within the picture” features. Seek and find!

  • bks

    Check out this picture of Fred Thompson (toth to Andrew S. Tanenbaum):!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_635/image.jpg

  • Catherine McCallum

    I’m getting this ‘aren’t they sweet, and sooo normal?’ vibe. I think it’s an attempt to scrape a little of the ugly off Newt’s image, but it fails in some way. Maybe the ‘kid in the candy store, naked-longing for the prize just there, on the other side of the glass’ expression on his face. You could replace the chocolates with a picture of the White House, and his face wouldn’t change.

  • LanceThruster

    They both look either glazed or frosted.

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