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Photographer under fire for demonizing McCain

by Brad A. Greenberg

September 16, 2008 | 3:49 pm

Jill Greenberg, who is not related, is under fire for portraits she shot of John McCain for the cover of The Atlantic. The photo the magazine chose was tame, but other photoshopped images on Greenberg’s site, like the one above, portray the Republican presidential candidate as demonic. There also is a really foul one that depicts a monkey urinating and defecating on McCain’s bald pate.

Jeffrey Goldberg, who wrote the accompanying story, has taken particular issue with Greenberg and reports that she was dropped by her photo agency:

The Vaughan Hannigan photo agency, which has represented the disgraced, excrement-obsessed photoshopper Jill Greenberg, has just dropped her from its client list. Bill Hannigan, who runs the agency, told me a few minutes ago that Greenberg and the agency had “different views on how to conduct business.” He said he couldn’t say anything more because he is “still sorting out some issues with Jill related to her contract.”

The most interesting element of this story is that Greenberg, who regularly shoots covers for Time, Wired, Los Angeles and Portfolio, among other magazines I get at home, is such a notable photographer.

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