Saturday, September 20, 2008

Jill Greenberg's McCain Images: PDN

Regardless of whether or not one is a fan of Jill Greenberg's photography, I really don't see what the big deal is with the photoshopped images of McCain (click the title to read a summary of the fray). She got hired by someone and then posted manipulated photos, which were actually her own work. She got in trouble for the conflict of interest issue, making images for the Atlantic Monthly and then using, and manipulating, the images she made while shooting for the magazine to express her own opinion about McCain. Of course, if she's making images for the Atlantic she is a representative of the magazine and they have a right to be pissed off that she used the work that she made while working for them in a manner not representative of the magazine's opinion. But the photos are her work and she should be able to do whatever she wants to with them. The reaction to the images is really bizarre to me, but in some ways it shows the power of image and representation. If they really didn't matter at all, there'd be no discussion and certainly no "to-do" over it. Oh, the intersection of business and ownership of one's own images!

Jesus H. Christ we're living in a terrifying time if her images are the cause of any consternation or dismay for any reason.

Jill Greenberg


Also, I am very sorry that I wasn't hired to shoot McCain, so I could have punched him dead in the fucking face after delivering a long diatribe listing the ways he will destroy America. And as an aside, how anyone in good conscience could make a "heroic" shot of John McCain at this juncture in the election is out of their mind.

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