A bad economy and a presidential election coming to a close has way of pushing everything else into the background.
It’s to be expected then that even photographers feel they want to or can influence the outcome of important events like this Presidential election.
When I read about Â Canadian-bornÂ photographerÂ Jill Greenberg and her portrait session with John McCain, I was a little disturbed.
A disclaimer here is in order: I’m not a big fan of Obama but can’t say I will vote against him either.
I will give my 2 cents worth of what I think she did.
Read the background for this story:
So if you don’t have time to write the background, I’ll cut to the chase.
Jill Greenberg, used pictures she took from that session and doctored them in photoshop and posted them on her website.
As of Oct.18, 2008, it looks like she has been feeling the heat. When you navigate her website to names>john mccain, it is grayed out, meaning she’s disabled the link.
Fortunately for us living in the age of the internet, fair use and all, American Digest has some of the images on their site.
There are many, many opinions of what she did. Most of them hostile. Not surprisingly those who voice their opinions were very passionate about politics.
My first instinct on reading this was outrage but when I thought a little more about it, I realized that she probably has the right to do what she wants with her work on her own website.
But to use such underhandedness with the intent to impose your view on an unsuspecting subject is wrong. Then to turn around and say “it was irresponsible for the Atlantic to hire me because they knew my work…” that’s speaks of her ego.
Greenberg needs to learn some humility. British photographer Platon who photographed Vladimir Putin for Time magazine’s “Man of the Year” cover says he checks his ego at the door. Perhaps it wouldn’t be a bad lesson for Greenberg to learn.
But as to whether this is suicide for her livelihood as a photographer …
It Â will depend on whether the advertisers to the Atlantic magazine and her other clients feel the heat from the public.
Here’s the editor of Atlantic magazine being interviewed about this.