Thought-Provoking: Jill Greenberg's Glass Ceiling


Now showing at ClampArt gallery in New York is Jill Greenberg's beautifully riveting series Glass Ceiling. While Greenberg is known for her incredible portraiture that includes crying babies, A-list celebrities or even cute and cuddly bears, she's equally adept at taking her camera off land and under water.

Back in 2008, Greenberg was commissioned to shoot a commercial fashion spread with the US Olympic Synchronized Swim Team, which asked the ladies to wear high heels. Struck by the absurdity of it all, Greenberg was inspired to create a fine art set that would show the "tension of her models coming to the surface gasping for air while wrestling with the weight of the water as a metaphor for the role women must play in the outside world."

Sent to us from ClampArt gallery, here are some of photos from that thought-provoking series.


© Jill Greenberg, "Untitled (Glass Ceiling 1-1017)," 2008, Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City


© Jill Greenberg, "Untitled (Glass Ceiling 2-229)," 2010, Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City


© Jill Greenberg, "Untitled (Glass Ceiling 2-247)," 2010, Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City


© Jill Greenberg, "Untitled (Glass Ceiling 2-298)," 2010, Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City


© Jill Greenberg, "Untitled (Glass Ceiling 2-428)," 2010, Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City


© Jill Greenberg, "Untitled (Glass Ceiling 2-0445)," 2010, Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City


© Jill Greenberg, "Untitled (Glass Ceiling 2-462)," 2010, Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City


© Jill Greenberg, "Untitled (Glass Ceiling 2-1044)," 2010, Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City


© Jill Greenberg, "Untitled (Glass Ceiling 2-1139)," 2010, Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City


© Jill Greenberg, "Untitled (Glass Ceiling 2-1429)," 2010, Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City

If you're in New York (or passing through), you can check out this series at ClampArt gallery from now till August 19. Head to ClampArt's website for more details.

First photo credit: © Jill Greenberg, "Untitled (Glass Ceiling 1-04)," 2008, Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City

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Comment by Andrea Ævars on October 7, 2011 at 12:11pm
So brilliant!
Shows women in a different light and just makes one so aware of their bodies and makes one think about body image.
Comment by Cormac Scanlan on August 27, 2011 at 1:51pm
Fantastic shots!
Comment by greta otteson on August 18, 2011 at 5:26am
I am fully inlove with these. Absolutely breathtaking
Comment by Mariana Carvajal on August 15, 2011 at 7:44pm
amazing!
Comment by Salem Nahali on July 6, 2011 at 3:54am
wonderfull
Comment by pm on June 27, 2011 at 3:48am
Cool and creative..!!
Comment by Stephen M. Barrett on June 24, 2011 at 2:20pm
Beautiful, sensual, beautifully executed and just the right amount of surrealism. I really like these…smb
Comment by Alyssa Anda on June 23, 2011 at 11:16am
I love the use of high heels. It looks amazing! :)
Comment by sAm on June 23, 2011 at 11:00am
Love the colors and the perspective!
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