Jill Greenberg

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An American artist and photographer, Jill Greenberg is famous for her fine art pieces and portraits. She was born in 1967 in Montreal and raised in Detroit. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with an honors degree in photography in 1989. She then shifted to New York city to work as a photographer. In 2000, Greenberg went to Los Angeles where she met Robert, her future husband. Then again in 2013 she returned to New York since Robert got a job with Condé Nast. In 2007, Greenberg got a chance to present forty most significant photographers, by French Photo Magazine.

She has worked on commercial campaigns for Microsoft, Dreamworks, Polaroid, Philip Morris, MGM, Fox, Disney, MTV, Sony Music, Warner Bros, Paramount Pictures, Atlantic Records, Sony Pictures, Pepsi, Coca Cola, and Smirnoff.  While working for the advertising industry, Greenberg introduced many exclusive styles in her work and since then other photographers have emulated her approach. The creative director of Brief magazine said that Greenberg pioneered an innovative photography style and the impact can be witnessed all over the entertainment industry. In addition, NBC Entertainment Marketing president also praised Greenberg and described her as having an inventive and distinctive aesthetic sense.

Photos by Jill Greenberg have been featured on the covers of Newsweek, Fast Company, Wired, Entertainment Weekly, Time and several other publications. Her work of art has been published in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Harper’s Bazaar and in many more magazines.

In regard to portraits, she has photographed Steven Spielberg, Jeff Bezos, Richard Jenkins, Clint Eastwood, Glenn Close, and James Cameron.

Greenberg’s work is displayed in New York at CLAMPART. Moreover, her artwork was shown in Paris, France; San Francisco; The Netherlands; Chicago; and many other cities.

Because Jill Greenberg uses digital tools in post-production, she has been titled as The Manipulator, earlier in her professional life. This was because she adopted the Photoshop at an early stage since its launch. In an article in New York Times in 1998, Greenberg educated readers that her fondness of using technology in her work came from her mom (a COBOL programmer) who was an expert in science and math in college.

In 2006, End Times a series of photos illustrating toddlers, became a topic of controversy. In simple words, the images contained close shots of faces of children in an array of emotional anguish. It aimed to reflect the artist’s annoyance with Christian Fundamentalism and Bush Administration in America. Despite hatred against the work, some of these images were used in unrelated advertising campaigns that too taken sans permission.

Two years later, in 2008 she was hired to take pictures of John McCain by The Atlantic for the October cover of the magazine. Once she was over with this project, she shot extra photos of McCain for her personal political art work.

Intermittently, Greenberg has concentrated on issues concerning feminism. She started off with a feminist thesis, The Female Object, at RISD. Another series on this subject was known as Glass Ceiling.

Jill Greenberg has received many awards, including Award of Excellence in Communication Arts Annual, 1997; Self Promo Award at Nikon/PDN Self Promotion, 2004; second place in Special Book award by PDN/Nikon, 2005; Award of Excellence at Communication Arts Photography Annual, and first place in Direct Mail Award as well as second place in Print Placement by PDN/Nikon all in 2006; Silver Medal by Society of Publication Designers, 2007.

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