The BJP has a kid's issue out this week and a great interview by Diane Smyth on Jill Greenberg.
Greenberg talks about reactions to her End Time series - "A small but vocal group sprang up, denouncing her images as 'sick' and Greenberg herself as 'a child abuser' and 'morally bankrupt'. 'It's upsetting because I have two small children... At the moment they're too young too understand but one day they will and I'll have to try to explain what happened."
There's not too much to explain really, but still - it's hard to ignore Greenberg's images - they hit a primal spot where children feel and show the injustice of it all in the most direct way possible. Greenberg got the children to cry by giving them lollipops and then taking them away - a tad mean, perhaps, but not sick or abusive. As Greenberg says, "They're not like adults, who are repressed and have to be really in pain to cry. Children cry when they're just a bit upset, but adults project their emotions onto them and say, 'Someone must have died for them to be so upset.' "
The main problem I have with the series is the glassification (why bother!) and Greenberg's insistence that the kids' distress is to do with George Bush and the war in Iraq. And it's not.