Jill Greenberg






Over the last fifteen years, Greenberg has made memorable images of many of the world’s
most recognizable celebrities, in addition to creating a recognizable filter of vision itself. An early
adopter of digital effects, Greenberg has developed a world that is more intense, more razorsharp
than the one in which we actually reside. Jill Greenberg creates portraits that seize our
attention, that create an altered universe staring back at us.

Her series, "End Times," combines beautiful, poignant imagery, impeccably executed, with both
political and personal relevance. Greenberg’s subject is taboo: children in pain. She utilizes this
uncomfortable image as a way to break through to the pop mainstream and participate in a
growing national dialogue of the real dangers facing this country and world. Jill Greenberg's
images are sharp and saturated, stunning and quirky; her work is soaked with realism and
imagination. Greenberg’s photography definitely hit a national nerve.

For the series “Monkey Portraits,” Greenberg asks us to consider our origins. We look into her
monkey’s expressions, their faces–their peculiar physiognomy–and somehow see ourselves. It is
frightening and disorienting, exhilarating and awesome. She mischievously shows us another
type of mirror-stage, where we confront an ancient and distorted reflection, another startling
spectacle, and try to make sense of who or what we are seeing. By intentionally
anthropomorphizing her monkeys, we can not help but identify with their gaze and be reminded
of people we know, expressions that we have seen before.

Selected Exhibitions:
2009 “Dr. Doolittle,” Ambient Art Projects, Las Vegas, Nevada
“Photography for Animal Lovers,” Stricola Contemporary, New York City (Curated
by Greg Garry)
“Kids Behaving Badly,” ClampArt, New York City
“Jill Greenberg: Monkeys and Bears,” Michele Mosko Fine Art, Denver, Colorado
“Jill Greenberg: Monkeys and Bears,” Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada,
Opening Gala for the Annenberg Foundation Photography Space, Los Angeles,
2008 “Transfigure,” Kemper Museum, Kansas City, Missouri
“Play/Quatre Jeux,” O’Born Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
“Jill Greenberg: Photographs,” Southeast Museum for Photography, Daytona
Beach, Florida
“Jill Greenberg: Monkey Portraits,” Eleanor London Cote-St-Luc Public Library,
Montreal, Canada
“Jill Greenberg: Monkey Portraits,” National Academy of Sciences, National
Academy’s Upstairs Gallery, Washington DC
“The Body is Art” Michele Mosko Fine Art, Denver, Colorado