photographs above by Jill Greenberg
Ok...so Google "Jill Greenberg + John McCain" and you'll see what is going on. First it started with a story in PDN found HERE, and a response from The Atlantic...now the NY Post...what is next, a press conference at the United Nations? But JG is really going for it, not holding back, see it all HERE.
I love Greenberg's work done in the project End Times, and vividly recall staring at a giant print at Photo L.A. of a crying toddler and just thought it was breathtaking...like standing at the base of a giant canyon and being moved by it. But then...she had these titles with political overtones that just kind of took the work down a few i.q. points for me. I was confused. Why is this great photographer injecting politics into things whenever she can, to the detriment of the art? Pondering that work and this McCain situation, one can say that she is consistent.
No solid comment from me on the controversy about McCain, I'll leave that to everyone else in the world. But...we gotta remember, we are photographers often times paid for our viewpoints, and paid to have opinions. We are not camera operators. Just gotta finesse these things sometimes, and maybe let the photographs do the talking.
Here are some shots where the photographers took some liberties and delivered their opinions. In descending order, we have portraits by Richard Avedon, Arnold Newman, and Gregory Heisler. This is what the history of photography is made of: