Is It Wrong to Make Babies Cry For Art?

#1 Angry Country


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.