Highlights of her behavior:
Greenberg, known for her heavily retouched pics of apes and babies, boasted to Photo District News that she submitted photos of the Arizona senator to the mag while barely airbrushing them.and:
"I left his eyes red and his skin looking bad," she boasted.
Greenberg also crowed that she had tricked McCain into standing over a strobe light placed on the floor - turning the septuagenarian's face into a horror show of shadows.Finally:
Asking McCain to "please come over here" for a final shot, Greenberg pretended to be using a standard modeling light.
The resulting photos depict McCain as devilish, with bulging brows and washed-out skin.
"He had no idea he was being lit from below," Greenberg said, adding that none of his entourage picked up on the light switch either. "I guess they're not very sophisticated," she said.
Her Web site now features a series of Photoshopped pics of McCain in some highly unflattering poses - including one that has a monkey squirting dung onto the Republican candidate's head.Here are a few examples of Greenberg's "work".
Another one reads "I am a bloodthirsty warmongerer," with McCain retouched to have needle-sharp shark teeth and a vicious grin, while licking blood-smeared lips.
The story here is not that some childish anti-Bush idiot (sorry, call'em like I see'em) went off an acted like one might expect a pouting 10-year-old to act; the story is that the Atlantic hired her. What does that say about the Atlantic? Now the actual picture on the cover was much more tame, a point the Atlantic editor James Bennet is quick to make:
"We stand by the picture we are running on our cover," said Atlantic editor James Bennet. "We feel it's a respectful portrait. We hope we'll be judged by that picture."No, what is incredibly unprofessional is that you hired her in the first place. Even the wacko photograph agrees with that assessment:
But Bennet was appalled by Greenberg saying she tried to portray McCain in an unflattering way.
"We feel totally blind-sided," he said. "Her behavior is outrageous. Incredibly unprofessional."
Some of my artwork has been pretty anti-Bush, so maybe it was somewhat irresponsible for [The Atlantic] to hire me.The editor ends with:
We don't vet our photographers by their politics.May I suggest that perhaps you should?
Update: More on this story as The Atlantic responds covered here.