An Interview with Photographer Jill Greenberg about her new Rizzoli book, "Horses"
Jill Greenberg writes: “Nothing is more pure than the anguish of a child. Pictures of children crying capture raw emotion: sputtering rage and profound loss.” And, as a mother of two kids, Greenberg knows firsthand how quickly and unexpectedly storms of grief can sweep across the face of a toddler.
The first child that Greenberg photographed suddenly became hysterically upset. It reminded her of the helplessness and anger she felt about the current political situation. It made Greenberg think of her outrage at the false reasons for the United States going to war with Iraq and the scandalous way in which the conflict was sold to the American people. She titled the image “Four More Years.”
Series: End Times
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