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Monday, September 15, 2008

Atlantic Magazine Considers Lawsuit Against Photographer Who Doctored McCain Photos

Jill Greenberg, hired by the Atlantic Magazine to shoot photographs of John McCain, deliberately manipulated out-takes from the photo session. Today the Atlantic is apologizing to McCain and considering suit against the photographer.
Yesterday it was reported that Jill Greenberg, a photographer, was hired by Atlantic Monthly magazine to shoot photos of John McCain for their cover. Greenberg used out-takes, additional unused photos, to manipulate them and publish them on her website as well as other places, with captions like “I will have my girl kill Roe v. Wade," in reference to Sarah Palin, the vice presidential candidate for the GOP.

Today Fox News reports the Atlantic Monthly Editor James Bennet, is drafting and sending an apology letter to John McCain and stating that Greenberg behaved improperly, stating "She has violated the terms of our agreement with her, of our contract with her so we’re taking steps. So we’re looking into what steps we can see to do something about that."

Bennet asserts the magazine is also considering a lawsuit against Greenberg.

Bennet continues on to say, "I mean this photographer went in there under our auspices to take a cover shot for us … but while she was there she behaved in an incredibly underhanded and unprofessional way."

Greenberg said that the cover shot for The Atlantic article was manipulated to leave McCain’s eyes red and skin looking bad. But Bennet said the magazine stands by the picture that made the front cover. He said the artwork went through editors’ hands before going to print, and it is accompanied by “a terrific story” that is a comprehensive look at McCain’s foreign policy.

Greenberg's site is called "manipulator" and the doctored photos in question can be found by clicking and continuing to hit refresh which provides more pictures when the page reloads.

A variety of the manipulated photos can also be found at ImageBam.