Jill Greenberg (born July 10, 1967) is an American photographer and Pop artist. She is known for her portraits and fine art work that often features anthropomorphized animals that have been digitally manipulated with painterly effects.
Greenberg's End Times, a series of photographs featuring toddlers, was the subject of controversy in 2006. The work featured stylized hyper-real closeups of children's faces contorted by various emotional distresses. The pieces were titled to reflect Greenberg's frustration with both the Bush administration and Christian Fundamentalism in the United States. The method for getting the children to cry was, in some cases, offering the children candy then taking it away. If this method was not successful threats were made like, “I’m going to throw your Game Boy in the garbage.” While watching the children experience these upsetting situations Greenberg stated that she was reminded of the “helplessness and anger I (felt) about our current political and social situation.” Critics of the exhibition called the series of photos a form of “child abuse”.
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