Known for her stunning portraits of everything from crying children to grizzly bears, photographer Jill Greenberg makes work that inspires controversy. In this short cut, she talks about the tension between doing commercial work and making an artistic statement, concluding that “fear is the opposite of creativity.”
Born in July of 1967 in Montreal, Canada, and grew up in a suburb of Detroit. Jill was based in NYC until 2000 and now resides in Los Angeles with her husband and 2 young children. Since the age of 10, Greenberg has staged photographs and created characters using the mediums of drawing, painting, sculpture, film, and photography. Greenberg’s notable success with gallery and museum shows, book, publishing, commercial, and editorial photography displays her unique perspective with a clear voice, which is apparent through her distinctive lighting and personally executed postproduction. Greenberg is known worldwide for her uniquely human animal portraits. Her second monograph “Bear Portraits” was published in 2009 with Little, Brown and Company.