Sunday, September 14, 2008

Atlantic's Jill Greenberg: McCain's Trust "Not Very Sophicated"

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Atlantic Pulls a Fast One

“He thought he was being lit by a beauty dish with a modeling light set up. But that wasn’t firing. He had no idea he was being lit from below.”
--Atlantic photographer, Jill Greenberg, on her technique for getting the most unflattering photos of McCain for the magazine's cover story.

The Atlantic does a cover story on one candidate and the photographer goes to great lengths to portray the candidate in the most unflattering light. The magazine is Atlantic, the candidate?

The answer, to what must be the easiest question in the world for Mainstream Media watchers, is John McCain.

Little Green Footballs minced no words about the episode:

Gerard Vanderleun posts about some quite amazing perfidy from The Atlantic and photographer Jill Greenberg, whose photo shoot with John McCain was deliberately set up to produce ominous, threatening pictures—by using outright trickery: Out-Takes: Behind The Atlantic’s McCain Cover.

Conservative Punk thinks McCain got "Dexterized".

"Doesn't it look similar to the technique used on the poster for Showtime's Dexter?"

All this would be conjecture--but the photographer in question, Jill Greenberg, couldn't wait to dish on how she pulled a fast one over on the McCain campaign.

When The Atlantic called Jill Greenberg, a committed Democrat, to shoot a portrait of John McCain for its October cover, she rubbed her hands with glee.

She delivered the image the magazine asked for—a shot that makes the Republican presidential nominee look heroic. Greenberg is well known for her highly retouched images of bears and crying babies. But she didn’t bother to do much retouching on her McCain images. “I left his eyes red and his skin looking bad,” she says.

That's taken from "PDN Pulse: How Jill Greenberg Really Feels about John McCain". As is the following:

After getting that shot, Greenberg asked McCain to “please come over here” for one more set-up before the 15-minute shoot was over. There, she had a beauty dish with a modeling light set up. “That’s what he thought he was being lit by,” Greenberg says. “But that wasn’t firing.”

What was firing was a strobe positioned below him, which cast the horror movie shadows across his face and on the wall right behind him. “He had no idea he was being lit from below,” Greenberg says. And his handlers didn’t seem to notice it either. “I guess they’re not very sophisticated,” she adds.

An admission by a media-type who describes "trust to do one's job in an objective way" as "not very sophisticated".

Perhaps that's been the MSM's attitude--and excuse--for their biased reporting the last forty years: anyone who "trusts them to do their jobs in an objective way" is just "not very sophisticated".

A sort of "all's fair in love, war and MSM reporting" philosophy.

Mark us down as among those who are "not very sophisticated". Just like John McCain--and a lot of voters.

by Mondoreb
images: consevative punk; pdnpulse

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