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Monkey Portraits.

Photographs by Jill Greenberg.
Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, 2004. Unpaged, 20 color illustrations, 9x10".

“Monkey Portraits” is a personal exploration and departure for Jill Greenberg, who has a storied career as a leading celebrity photographer. Her enviable portfolio showcases David Bowie, Tom Cruise, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Lange, Kevin Spacey and Sharon Stone, among others. Her iconic and edgy subjects run the gamut of portraits of stars from the worlds of fashion, Hollywood, and popular music to product brand creations that have successfully moved the masses to do, buy, and be.

Seemingly far from her trademark style, Greenberg began shooting monkeys in 2001 after being moved by the intense personality that came through the first portrait. Greenberg’s style adds a whole other dimension to the portraits of these monkeys. Instead of amplifying a playful and almost alien characteristic as she does with her human portraiture, her stylistic aesthetic captures an intensely serious and humanistic portrait of not only the monkeys, but also of us. Each portrait is a reaction or action that we have sensed and felt, but have been unable to express- the monkeys become more human than us.

LIMITED EDITION: A special cloth bound catalogue, signed and numbered with an 8" x 10" print of any image in the catalogue in an edition of 50.
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