Reading Pictures is a framework for organizing what we know about how personal information enters photographs and a guide for how to systematically extract that information. It was first described in 1981 and has since taken several variations, namely Photoanalysis, Photo Therapy, and Therapeutic Photography. Doing the work of Reading Pictures requires the implementation of a set of six attitudes or mindsets. They are: Overcoming The Illusion of Reality (OTIR), The Rule of No Accidents (RNA), Free Association (FA), Purposeful use of the Attribution Process (AP), Thematic Analysis (TA), and Genre and Skill Level(GSL). Reading Pictures is a new way of looking at photographs that enriches the general experience, assists photographers with self-discovery, and offers new possibilities for professional application.