26 July 2006

Jill Greenberg - "End Times"




















Apparently there is a "controversy" about work by Jill Greenberg entitled "End Times." You can find some of the images here. Greenberg is trying to elicit a view of what children might feel and how they might express their feelings if they knew what she (Greenberg) thinks, namely that the world is heading for hell in a handbasket.

According to a story in The Los Angeles Times this has caused a stir among bloggers because Greenberg made the children cry. In turn much of the "art world" crowd has found nothing at all objectionable. To my mind what is objectionable are the images themselves which strike me a wholly pedestrian.

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Blogger Sockless Joe said...

A psychologist researching childhood development might use a similar technique to elicit a response. I doubt anybody would care. I know I wouldn't. And as the LA Times article points out, similar techniques are used for TV and print advertisements.

The photos are indeed somewhat bland given what the artist is trying to portray, but knowing how she elicited the response cheapens the effect by pointing out how easy it is to make children cry. After all, children can't really understand what Greenberg is fantasizing they can, and knowing how it was done spoils the illusion.

26 July, 2006 23:40  
Anonymous stanco said...

First, must say I kinda like the pictures, but...
there's something about 'em (unlike her timeless monkey portraits) that make me question whether they're bright, colorful, flash in the pans that will soon lose their interest (like the original B&W, crying baby product shots so popular in the 50's and 60's). Personally, I don't think snatching candy from a crying baby's hands leads to long term, psychological scarring- but it certainly is ironic that someone so "opposed" to the Bush administration would actually perpetrate something that could in any way be construed as possible physical or mental abuse. And then she actually tries to endanger the employment of a person who dares question her tactics and motives (by calling and harassing said person's boss- as if the latter had anything to do with it). Sounds like she's pretty much in step with her own patriot act!
But the part I got a real problem with is the unmitigated gall to associate these photographs with some kind, any kind, of anti-Bush statement/protest. Words really fail me here- as does her stated
purpose. Too many people have suffered in very real ways standing up to this bastard, and to think there are going to be people out there naive enough to think that Ms. Greenberg is actually making some kind of unique, artistic, political statement is nauseating at best.

27 July, 2006 14:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Too many people have suffered in very real ways standing up to this bastard, and to think there are going to be people out there naive enough to think that Ms. Greenberg is actually making some kind of unique, artistic, political statement is nauseating at best."

I couldn't agree with you more. This is pretentious, pseudointellectual crap. So she is expressing her objections to Bush policies with some pweety pictures...awww

Give me a break! *rolls eyes*

28 July, 2006 12:32  
Anonymous Ralphyboy said...

I see the little girl in the picture above and am very hopeful (in fact certain) that Jill Greenberg will one day pay for her ?art?. with tears of her own. These kids are going to grow up, and at least a few of them will be taking Miss Artsy into a courtroom.

We can hope that the judge and jury that hear the case will be no nonsense about the facts here…

Miss Greenberg premeditated these acts, she carefully planned them, she stripped the toddlers to the waist, teased them into crying fits, photographed them in an unreasonably vulnerable condition, coldheartedly continuing this process over a number of hours and days with at least 25 different children.

She then went on television and radio bragging about the process, and also gave interviews to magazines where she admitted some damming things about the entire series of manipulations that she used to obtain these images.

Then, she elicited assistance in selling these questionable photos, was aided in viciously defending the strip, tease, and click method that she used here, to the point of leaving a long trail of email, blog postings, and phone calls that in and of themselves may end up being problematic for Miss Artist.

She has created an orgy of evidence for the children who she used to promote her self. They will be using it some day to obtain justice. Mark my words… Jill will be the last one to cry in this matter as she is being stripped of her worldly possessions in as classic and artful lawsuit as there has ever been.

03 August, 2006 20:11  

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