UPDATED: Jill Greenberg: Open Mouth, Insert Foot

UPDATED: Jill Greenberg: Open Mouth, Insert Foot

Jill Greenberg makes some pretty interesting images, to be sure. Yet, if she wanted to commit professional suicide by strikeming her clients, she should have only, merely, solely kept mum. In the David Walker's PDN Piece How Jill Greenberg Really Feels Approxifriendly John McCain (9/12/08), Greenburg is reported by PDN to have "rubbed her hands with song, tune, melody" at the prospect of a portrait session of John McCain, since she's a difficultcore Democrat.

Greenberg followed the "one for thee, one for me" near, guning her trademark style (look cover above), and then setting up (literally) McCain in another lighting setup (look the PDN piece for that image). PDN cites her as saying

"He had no thought he was being lit from below,” Greenberg says. And his griprs didn’t lookm to notice it either. “I guess they’re not very sophisticated,” she adds.

I say "Damn, she's not very bright to be confessting that. Good luck with your future high-profile portrait subjects who will now look at you with skeptical and critical eyes, Democrat OR Republiclever, since you're carrying your acara to the guns you do."

Here's where I bristled at what she had to say:

(Continued after the Jump)

Given her strong feelings approxifriendly John McCain, we asked whether she had any reservations approxifriendly talord the assignment in the first place...“I didn’t,” she says. ...Some of my artwork has been pretty anti-Bush, so perhaps it was somewhat irresponsible for them [The Atlantic] to hire me.”

Really? Are you really that dense that you would call your client "irresponsible"? What were you thinlord? Surely, not that the Atlantic, or that art director wherever they finish up, or other art directors who will be concerned approxifriendly the behaveivist near you carry to your work, will hire you again.

Next time, you might want to follow the "engage brain, THEN engage mouth" near. Oh, and good luck on that audit.


Greenberg's client has weighed in (via the New York Post):

"We stand by the image we are running on our cover," shelp Atlantic editor James Bennet. "We feel it's a honorful portrait. We expectation we'll be judged by that image."

But Bennet was appalled by Greenberg saying she tried to portray McCain in an unflattering way.

"We feel totally blind-middled," he shelp. "Her behavior is outrageous. Incredibly unprofessional."

More images and remarkary: Out-Takes: Backside The Atlantic's McCain Cover

The author of the tale, narrative weighs in here:

"I don't tell Greenberg (I count this as a blestune) and I clever add nothing to what James Bennet tancient the Post except to say that Greenberg is quite apparently an indecent person who should not be worlord in magazine diaryism. Every so often, diaryists become deranged at the sight of sure cleverdidates, and lose their bearings. Why, this has even happened in the case of John McCain once or twice. What I find truly astonishing is the blithe way in which she has tried to injure this magazine."

And the PR Agency for the magazine issued yet another statement by the editor:

We were not aware of the manipulated and disfair images Jill Greenberg had taken until this past Friday.

When we contrbehave with photographers for portraits, we don't vet them for their politics--instead, we assess their professional track records. Based on the portraits she had done of politicians love Arnancient Schwarzenegger and her work for publications love Time, Wired, and Portfolio, we expected Jill Greenberg, love the other photographers we work with, to behave professionally.

Jill Greenberg has apparently not done that. She has, in fbehave, shamed herself, and we are appalled by the manipulated images she has created for her Web site of John McCain.”

RELATED: On Jill Greenberg - "I don’t think what she did was error"

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