rogue portrait photographer shunned, applauded

During a portrait shoot for The Atlantic Monthly of Senator John McCain, Jill Greenberg snapped some images of the presidential candidate for later alteration.  Personally, I think this was a hilarious and courageous move.  After all, a photographer owns their work regardless of who they are working for.  On the other hand, she may have ruined her own career and potentially damaged the image of other portrait photographers.  There is an article about this at The Online Photographer.  Check out Jill’s website.


4 Responses to “rogue portrait photographer shunned, applauded”

  1. 1 rb
    September 26, 2008 at 12:19 am

    While I agree that it is hilarious, I must question the courageous remark. If she knowingly took portraits of a subject for later manipulation, unbeknownst and without express permission from the subject….not so courageous in my book. But hey, that is just me.

    Had this been a portrait of another prominent candidate would it be viewed in the same manner? Or would it be considered something else?

    Just asking. I hate this political period every four years.

  2. September 26, 2008 at 6:27 am

    Um…I..um…don’t understand the question. Obama is not a blood thirsty warmongerer…

    All kidding aside: The manipulation of an otherwise professional shot would have been courageous. I guess taking a sinister shot in the first place is just deceitful. In retrospect, I agree with you.

  3. 3 rb
    September 27, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    what! we agree on something! hey check out my pics from colorado fall foliage trip. im still here, leave wednesday.

  4. September 28, 2008 at 9:49 am

    We agree on a lot of things, don’t we? Anyway, nice shots. Love the Aspen Grove one. Colorado looks like a gorgeous place. Wonder what that mine shaft looks like at dusk.

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