Is It Wrong to Make Babies Cry For Art?
This photographic series by Jill Greenberg is called End Times, and the idea behind the photographs is that each child was given a lollipop, only to have it snatched away moments later. The photographer defends this idea, stating, "The first little boy I shot, Liam, suddenly became hysterically upset...It reminded me of helplessness and anger I feel about our current political and social situation."
This series has sparked a controversy in the art community: is it okay to make babies cry for the sake of art? Sure, this is all over a lollipop, but the despair these children are experiencing is real.
The title of this first photograph is 'Angry Country', a clear statement the photographer is making about America.
While we're not sure how this title corresponds to the photographer's expression of the anger she feels towards the government, one thing is for sure - This boy has a gorgeous head of hair! This poor little boy could not care less about his hair though...it's that lollipop he wants returned! We wish we could have seen the look on his face when his wish was finally granted.
This photograph from the series is named 'Big Brother', and just looking at this little boy's expression, it isn't hard to see why! His eyes darting to one side remind us of someone who is paranoid, or who fears they are being watched and recorded. We can only imagine the questions that would have gone through each and every child's head as soon as their lollipop was snatched away - confusion, then anger, then finally, despair for that colorful, sugary candy!