it’s amazing how the emotions jump up off the screen!
i’m a little concerned at HOW he made them cry (lol)
I listened to her speak at Semi Permanent 2010. Amazing stuff. To make them cry, the parents of the kids would take their favorite toys away, and do other similar things, so it was relatively harmless.
Imagine if I specialized in photos of distressed animals. People sure love animals — that’s super. So why do we hate our children?
oh~ this is so amazing!!!
As a parent i feel stressed when watching these pictures, what may seem harmless to us (take a toy away) is not at all harmless to a child, specially in a strange environment with a camera pointed at them. For me there’s nothing good about purposely make children suffer emotionally for a good picture. To me these are beautiful pictures with quite low morale behind them…
Yep. Imagine if someone takes your work, house and car in order to shoot a photo if you when crying..
the 2nd from the bottom is the best! haha
… and even if the technique was not harmful [betrayed by the expressions of the children, their only God-given way of indicating distress], another question remains: why will somebody delight in taking and/or viewing these photos?
Bruno above, as a parent, indicates stress… I suspect that is a healthy reaction to the photos. What other reaction is happening that causes somebody to desire or enjoy these photos? and why?
Weird as fuck. If anything, scary.
Gorgeous! Studied this artist in photography class… and still amazed by this work.
So I have to say, although on an emotional level, it tugs at you to decry this as barbarity. On a pure practical level, there was nothing psychologically significant in taking away a child’s toy, whether as punishment for misbehaving or this current application.
Years of societal denigration of child abuse makes us sensitive to any potential exploitation. This mostly a good thing.
I love the lighting set up and processing.
The idea that enjoyment or pleasure are the only things photography or art are meant to evoke is kind of laughable. If the pictures distress you, that’s a valid reaction and probably one the artist foresaw or sought.
Images and videos of dead and dying pre-born infants also ‘distress me,’ but there doesn’t seem to be many artists seeking that reaction… So the artist is okay to provoke unhelpful reactions by expressing perversions when society tolerates it, but not okay to express legitimate and meaningful messages when society would rather not think about it. What a waste of an artist.
I work with children for 10 hours everyday for the last 8 years and these photos are fantastic I never realised how amazing and powerful childrens emotions are! It’s something I see a lot of but have never thought of as beautiful . Children cry so easily but it’s not like when adults cry they just let tears out and then forgot about it 5 mins later. Fantastic, keep snapping :)
<— Loves animals a lot more than children.
THE FOTOS ARE BEAUFIFUL , BUT ARE SAD AND CRUEL IDON´T LIKE realy I hate . ARE you parents
I love them!!!! the lighting, the expressions, composition, and I love the kids!!
Not sure how I feel about the process used.
She is a master of light no question but the only reason these photos are popular is the post processing. Look up AMY DRESSER, she is the driver behind these pics. I hate that famous photogs come in, lights set up by assistants, click the shutter and reap the rewards. I encourage everyone to learn and do their own post processing. I could not let someone else, do all the work and take credit for it.
It is not good to see children traumatised, irrespective what methods are used, it still remains pshycological stress.
It’s sick to make children cry. Don’t want to know the sick people having a macabre pleasure looking at these pictures. This lady should probably have a photo shooting with farting pensioners. Big emotions too when the gas is passing.
I think they are too much “hue/saturated” :)
Why do these children have their clothes off? You can take a good picture of them crying without taking all of their clothes off!!! I think these kids have been abducted and they are crying because they want their parents…And some sicko pedifile and is getting off showing these pictures…I wonder where these children are now??? Dead perhaps! Whomever is behind this, you need to seek help and should be prosecuted!
I agree with None ya: WTF…ARE THE CHILDREN WITHOUT CLOTHS ON. I think this site should be reported. How do I do that?
@Loma: You can report my site here: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=report+pedophile+content
I don’t know what to say..if children cry..I have a candy but…
I work with children and they are not always distressed when they cry, crying is just a power struggle with kids. They can switch it on and off like a tap. So I don’t believe this is as traumatising as it may appear. When you work with kids every day you learn that it is not in fact always emotional.
um i am concerned why none of them have shirts on
aproxemetlry how old are they
It doesn’t take much to make kids cry. Probably told them Yo Gabba Gabba was canceled.
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Wow, simply AMAZING pictures, it is amazing that even with overflowing sadness, children still look beautiful…wow
this series gives me a “child pornography” vibe
These photo’s make me extremely uncomfortable..purposefully making children cry for “art” is disturbing and I don’t like that they are all bare chested. Not cool.
It doesnt matter whether the reason of their distress is important to us or how long there distress last or how quickly they seem to “forget” about it! In their world as well as any child or teen or even adults, if it is distressing it IS painful & wounding.
One amoung many HARMFUL results that her intentional act had caused on her innocent & trusting prey was the high amount of cortisol that was released in their little bodies & adding potentially very dangerous stress on their heart.
The point is the photographer & all others involved are heartless & cruel. & should be punished rather than be rewarded w/our comments & attention that she does not deserve nor has earned.
I await the notice of her penalty for her uncompassionate heart, intentional cruelty, & haughty arrogance towards the defenseless.
It is true, if any animal had this type of intentional undue distress applied to them simply for a picture, PETA & the community would have been ALL over her! It appears there continues to be MORE protection & empathy towards the animals of the world than to our children!!
Anyone who knows Jill is not really surprised she made children cry. Many people who work for her end up crying. These images have actually been around for many years. No question, Jill is a great photographer who help pioneer a look. Judging by the comments, I’d say she knows how to get the conversation started.
really, does anyone STILL have to show these photographs around?? they are sick shit. sorry.
wieso wird hier so altes zeugs gepostet? schade, schade. weniger wäre manchmal mehr. keep it up.
Wow, hilarious how offended people are, just because kids are crying. If there was a picture for every time I was sobbing as a child I wouldn’t think twice. If anything I imagine the kids will grow up and see the pictures and think of how interesting they are. And of course you can’t do that to animals, you idiots, animals don’t feel emotions, so to “distress” them, you would have to cause physical pain, and obviously that would not be ok.
Adding to Stas’s comment, I heard that most of them were given a lollipop and then deprived of it a minute after. Very clever!
Fifth picture is gorgeous. I think it is rather ludicrous to show aversion to these photos because they consider taking away children’s toys as the equivalent of adults’ colossal loss of personal possessions. I’m a kid myself, and temporarily depriving a child from an accustomed source of entertainment leads to minor stress that is quickly forgotten or disregarded when there are other distractions or when compensation is given. (like the comment above, candy)
This is sick! And why dont they have shirts on? These children are terrified and its not because a toy was taken away. unbelievable that any human being could make a living doing such a thing. These children have been crying so hard that their noses are running and tears are running down their chest. That is from a very hard and long cry. Absolutely terrible!
I hate these images, the discomfort of the children… and why do they all appear to be naked?
They don’t seem right any of them and in today world some sicko is getting off on them DISTURBING TO SAY THE LEAST!!!
How are they naked? Lol. Shirts off. Just like at the pool. Little girls go swimming without shirts all the time at this age. They’re toddlers not preteens. Children cry if the wind blows. If you work with children, like I do, you’ll know that they cry and get over it very quickly and that most of the time they aren’t even sad they’re doing it to get their way.
#7 is gorgeous btw!
As a parent…lmfao! If you’re a parent then you know children cry over the most ridiculous things. I have a million pics of my kids crying over absolutely nothing and they are beautiful and cute and… they are kids. No one is a sicko for photographing kids being kids, especially half naked. kids, and humans in general are born naked and we die naked. I love how people are offended by nudity. Open your silly little minds. Ever changed a diaper, on an adult or a child?
If you’re offended then you a)don’t understand kids b)don’t have kids or c)don’t know how to tease kids. Your over-sensitivity is a direct result of your inhumanity. Humanity is knowing that kids cry at the drop of a hat. If you have cats and no kids, like most of the offended peoples here do, then know that animals mimic the sounds of children crying, just to distress you and get your attention.
Traumatized my ass.
I remember these from that TV series Head Case. The crying baby photo was art & darkly comic in the most perfect way..in fact, that is ALL I recall about the show, nearly. Awesome to find these.
HARMLESS??? Seriously, imagine having someone you love and trust make you cry on purpose (after I set up all my studio equipment around you and undressed you) and then take your picture?!? What is wrong with you people? Having a parent make their child cry on purpose is NOT harmless. It’s child abuse. Someone should make this photographer cry. Big time.
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