Photographer Doctors Pictures of McCain for Atlantic Photo Shoot

Photographer Jill Greenberg (aptly nicknamed ‘The Manipulator’) was hired by The Atlantic to photograph John McCain for their October 2008 cover story. Greenberg, who is openly and proudly hostile to Republicans, manipulated photos from the shoot and posted them on her website. She also had McCain stand over a strobe light during the shoot to create devilish shadows on his face. The doctored pictures are shocking and make McCain look monstrous and, frankly, evil.

The editors of The Atlantic stand by Greenberg’s cover photo, and released this statement:

We stand by the respectful image of John McCain that we used on our cover, and we expect to be judged by it. We were not aware of the manipulated and dishonest images Jill Greenberg had taken until this past Friday.

When we contract with photographers for portraits, we don’t vet them for their politics-instead, we assess their professional track records. We had never worked with Jill Greenberg before (and, obviously, we will not work with her again). Based on the portraits she had done of politicians like Arnold Schwarzenegger and her work for publications like Time, Wired, and Portfolio, we expected her, like the other photographers we work with, to behave professionally.

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

However, Greenberg says that she manipulated the cover shot  to make his skin look bad.

Here is the cover photo-

October 2008 cover

Greenberg added captions to the photos on her websites as well. These include “I’ll have my girl kill Roe v. Wade”, “I called my wife a c&*^ in front of reporters”, and “It was really fun to cheat on my car-injury-disabled first wife”.

(From the New York Post).

This same Jill Greenberg gained notoriety in 2006 for her exhibition “End Times”, which featured close-up shots of young children crying. She got the children to cry by giving them candy then literally snatching it out of their hands.

And she calls McCain a monster?

4 Responses to Photographer Doctors Pictures of McCain for Atlantic Photo Shoot

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  2. Wanglese says:

    There are different kinds of photographers. Those who accurately record, both portraiture, and world events etc.

    There are portraylists, who, for instance, will paint body parts, and set up a portrait of the person, usually with a minimum of correction of the shot. I’m thinking of some of the great covers of Rolling Stone, etc.
    Those portraits are always done with he willing co-operation of the subject.

    There are “artists” who will digitally or otherwise manipulate an image to tell a story, or provide some artistic merit.

    Then there is Jill Greenberg, who thinks it’s OK to make babies cry so she can photograph their anguish.

    She’s not an artist, IMHO, and she’s not shown any desire to accurately portray anything other than her own twisted worldview.

  3. Lorenz Gude says:

    As a one time professional photographer who would have pulled out all the stops to photograph either candidate I am pretty amazed that Greenberg put McCain derangement syndrome ahead of her craft. I sufferred from Nixon derangement syndrome in the 60s but I would have pulled in every make up artist I knew to fix the 5 o’clock shadow and make the best possible photo. A Dixie Chicks moment.

  4. Fawn Blackwell says:

    John McCain followed his father and grandfather, both four-star admirals, into the United States Navy, graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958. He became a naval aviator, flying ground-attack aircraft from aircraft carriers. During the Vietnam War, he was almost killed in the 1967 USS Forrestal fire. In October 1967, while on a bombing mission over Hanoi, he was shot down, seriously injured, and captured by the North Vietnamese. He was a prisoner of war until 1973. McCain experienced episodes of torture, and refused an out-of-sequence early repatriation offer. His war wounds left him with lifelong physical limitations.,*”..

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