PDN on Jill Greenberg, The Atlantic, and John McCain
David Walker often has something interesting to say over at PDN, and yesterday was no different. He posted an illuminating interview with Jill Greenberg about her recent (fairly unflattering) shoot of John McCain for The Atlantic.
Greenberg used her trademark glossy lighting, but left the cover image un-retouched. She didn’t however, make him cry like she has historically done:
Still, the man has looked better.
More from the Walker piece:
“After getting that shot, Greenberg asked McCain to ‘please come overhere’ for one more set-up before the 15-minute shoot was over. There,she had a beauty dish with a modeling light set up. ‘That’s what hethought he was being lit by,’ Greenberg says. ‘But that wasn’t firing.’
What was firing was a strobe positioned below him, which cast thehorror movie shadows across his face and on the wall right behind him. ‘He had no idea he was being lit from below,’ Greenberg says. And hishandlers didn’t seem to notice it either. ‘I guess they’re not verysophisticated,’ she adds.
The Atlantic didn’t select the diabolical looking McCain forits cover. Greenberg is hoping to license that image to some othermagazine (she negotiated a two-week embargo with The Atlantic so she could re-license images from the shoot before the election).”
“Given her strong feelings about John McCain, we asked whether shehad any reservations about taking the assignment in the first place.
‘I didn’t,’ she says. ‘It’s definitely exciting to shoot someone whois in the limelight like that. I am a pretty hard core Democrat. Someof my artwork has been pretty anti-Bush, so maybe it was somewhatirresponsible for them [The Atlantic] to hire me.’”
Read what the writer of the story has to say, here. This thing gets weirder and weirder.