An Interview with Photographer Jill Greenberg about her new Rizzoli book, "Horses"
In a subtle turn away from the more direct portraiture of her monkey and bear portraits, Jill Greenberg presents here a selection of photographs of horses. While the artist’s previous images of monkeys and bears proved extremely popular, she regards horses as her primal subject. As a young girl, Greenberg was preoccupied with horses for a time – - she drew them, painted, them, sculpted them, collected models, read about them, and got to ride them, too. Here she returns to her childhood interest, but with the more mature and knowing eye of an adult. The photographs reflect the majesty and power of these beasts, in addition to their undeniable sexuality.
Signature: Signed and numbered on label, verso
In her large-scale color photographs of animals and people, Jill Greenberg highlights the stunning physical beauty of all of her subjects, while using their expressive faces and bodies to question the division between the human and the animal and to explore the darker side of human nature. At once sleek and raw, her photographs are informed by her commercial work and shaped by her deeply held feminism and keen sensitivity to her subjects. Working in distinctly defined series, Greenberg has captured the uncanny humanness of monkeys, apes, bears, and horses; photographed crying toddlers as a reaction to the dangerous policies, beliefs, and practices causing profound harm to the earth and all living things; and shot women underwater, clad in bathing suits and matching heels, to represent the impossible ideals of femininity hindering female empowerment and advancement.
Canadian, b. 1967, Montreal, Canada, based in Los Angeles, California