Controversial photographer Tyler Shields has finally spoken out about his now-infamous photo of Kathy Griffin holding the bloodied head of President Trump.
Throughout his career he’s never been afraid to ruffle feathers. Some of his most renowned images include the 2010 portraits of Lindsay Lohan brandishing a gun and Glee star Heather Morris with a “bruised” eye in reference to domestic abuse just a year later. He even collected blood from 20 of his celebrity friends for an exhibition piece.
But the biggest controversy of recent memory came when a photo he took of Griffin surfaced, showing the latter holding a prop of the decapitated head of President Trump. The backlash led to a string of cancellations for Griffin, with many, including Trump, speaking out against her.
And now, five months later, Shields has finally broken his silence about the photo:
The day that we realized this was going to be really crazy — I don't remember if it was the day after, or a couple days later—I called Kathy and I said to her: ‘Listen, this happened with the Dixie Chicks, if you remember with the George W. Bush thing, and people were burning their albums, and driving over their albums or whatever.’
Kathy was in a tough mental place and I said, 'Kathy, this happened to them and they thought they were over, and they had that song and it wasn't an apology, and it ended up being their biggest song over, but it took time.’
Even Griffin seems less apologetic these days, having more recently being quoted as saying: "Stop acting like my little picture is more important than talking about the actual atrocities that the President of the United States is committing."
You can read the full interview at Architectural Digest.
Lead photo by Gerd Altmann.
[via Architectural Digest]