Monkey Business with Jill Greenberg

Wilding by Jill Greenberg
Wilding by Jill Greenberg
(Image sourced from Kopeiking Gallery)

I am captivated by Jill Greenberg’s Monkey Portraits.

I confess freely to you, I could never look long upon a monkey, without very mortifying reflections. (William Congreve)

You look into the monkey’s expressions, their faces – and somehow see yourself.  It is scary and disorienting and exhilarating and totally awesome. I’m not above unconsciously anthropomorphising my dog (sad but true), but with Greenberg’s monkeys, it is almost as if you can’t help but identify with their gaze, and be reminded of people you know and expressions that you have seen before. Wow. Just WOW.

Yikes by Jill Greenberg
Yikes by Jill Greenberg
(Image sourced from Kopeiking Gallery)
Worried by Jill Greenberg
Worried by Jill Greenberg
(Image sourced from Kopeiking Gallery)
Uh-oh by Jill Greenberg
Uh-oh by Jill Greenberg
(Image sourced from Kopeiking Gallery)
Undecided by Jill Greenberg
Undecided by Jill Greenberg
(Image sourced from Kopeiking Gallery)
Joker by Jill Greenberg (Image sourced from Kopeiking Gallery)
Joker by Jill Greenberg
(Image sourced from Kopeiking Gallery)
Rocky Portrait by Jill Greenberg
Rocky Portrait by Jill Greenberg
(Image sourced from Kopeiking Gallery)
Kenuzy Insane by Jill Greenberg
Kenuzy Insane by Jill Greenberg
(Image sourced from Kopeiking Gallery)

Jill Greenberg was born in July of 1967 in Montreal, Canada. Over the years, she has made memorable images of many of the world’s most recognisable celebrities.  She is recognised as being an early adopter of digital effects, and (according to her bio), “has developed a world that is more intense, more razor-sharp, let’s say supra-real, than the one in which we actually reside. Jill Greenberg creates portraits that seize our attention, that create an altered universe staring back at us.”

Certainly, her other work is amazing, but I just keep coming back to the monkeys…

If  you’d like to see more of Jill Greenberg’s work, you can get to her Tumblr site here. A more comprehensive portfolio of the Monkey Portraits series can be seen here. And, if you’re keen to pick up a book of the Monkey Portraits, Amazon sell it here.

(I am off taking a wee sojourn to sunny Queensland over the next few days which means my response times to your comments may be a little slower than usual. I do love hearing from you, so please don’t stop! – It may just take me a little longer to get back to you. Cheers!)

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Comments (9)

Great post!
Her approach is amazing …
Love piece called Worried.

Great. Whenever I did self-portraits they looked like a cross between an ape and my mother -scary stuff. Needless to say I took up landscapes. Cheers

I think I’m in love with Rocky!! So relaxed. Beautiful portraits!! Mood monkeys. Today, I’m think I’m a cool cross between “Yikes” and “Undecided.” With a dash of “Insane,” perhaps? I’m off to check out Jill Greenberg’s website! T. (Et Bon Voyage!!)

This probably says something about my personality, but “Worried” is my favorite!

Hi,
They are wonderful animals the monkeys, so full of mischief at times you just can’t help but have a laugh while watching them. These are beautiful photos of the different monkeys, very nice indeed. 🙂

Anthropomorphising? Almost had to get out the dictionary for that one, TSL, but I know what you mean. Monkey was a childhood nickname, so have always loved them – these are such amazing pics. I love that ‘Yikes’ one, which feels very human. And I think we should all have the ‘insane’ pic up at work or somewhere we need a reminder to be a bit sillier. Brilliant post, TSL – thanks! 🙂

These are too cool; all the monkey’s are so different in their looks and appearance 🙂 I like Rocky. Looks cool, calm, and collected… but a little disheveled.

Totally agree with Marina! Rocky for the win..

Not sure I’d want one in my home, but great fun to look at….

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