Monday, September 15, 2008

Jill Greenberg, A disgrace to her profession

Professional photographer Jill Greenberg has crossed a line I never imagined of a true professional. She has used images captured under contract by a client to portray that subject in a horribly disparaging way.

Not only is this a gross betrayal of the client-photographer trust, it is an egregious betrayal of a photographer-subject trust.

When a person entrusts me with something as personal as their visage, I view that as a sacred trust they've placed in me to show them in the most favorable light. Even if I've been contracted by a third-party for those images, I believe there is a professional obligation to the person portrayed to, at a minimum, not depict them in a negative light.

Yet Greenberg has chosen to take images of John McCain and Photoshop them into some grotesque political statement that is apparently rattling around in her small, feeble brain.

I guess to some this isn't a surprise. She's been known to abuse children in an effort to capture their tearful response as some reflection of her political angst. This is an apparent symptom of Bush Derangement Syndrome as pointed out by Michelle Malkin.

But the fact that it may not surprise does not in any way justify this wanton breach of professional ethics.

Unfortunately, this is all too consistent with the deranged ethics of many on the left. There simply are no taboos, much less professional ethics. It's a sad commentary on the left and the times in which we live.

I hope McCain sues the lenses off her camera. I also hope this gives future clients serious pause before considering hiring Greenberg. It should also give future prospective subjects pause in considering sitting in front of her camera. They may be the next victim of her misguided angst.

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