Jill Greenberg, a commercial photographer that uses contortion to stylize her photos, has admitted that she didn't use much of her famed retouching in a recent photo shoot of Republican Presidential candidate, John McCain, for an issue of Atlantic magazine.
Greenberg is a known critic of George W. Bush and his administration, so these admissions should come as no surprise. She said "I left his eyes red and his skin looking bad." She also used unflattering lighting to make McCain look like a boogie monster, instead of being evenly lit by a modeling light, a strobe light firing from below was her light source.
She said, "That's what he thought he was being lit by. But that wasn't firing.He had no idea he was being lit from below." She continued "And his handlers didn't seem to notice it either. I guess they're not very sophisticated."
One would have to imagine that when you're under the impression that you're working with a "professional" that a "handler" shouldn't need to be on the lookout for deceptive photography methods.
Greenberg defended her artistic style, saying the Atlantic was to blame. She said, "I am a pretty hard core Democrat. Some of my artwork has been pretty anti-Bush, so maybe it was somewhat irresponsible for them [The Atlantic] to hire me."
The Atlantic didn't select her art to grace the cover of their magazine, but Greenberg is hoping to license the images to another magazine and cash in for her work with John McCain anyway.