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If babies sells stuff, crying babies must sell twice as much.

Jill Greenberg's "the End Times"

Remember the hubbub caused by Jill Greenberg's photographs of crying children? No? Here I'll refresh your memory of what was being said last summer about the "End Times" exhibit - Jill Greenberg is a Sick Woman Who Should Be Arrested and Charged With Child Abuse, and Jill's response.

You can view the End Times at Jill Greenberg :: The Manipulator website.


Now pop inside to see some ads that might have been inspired by the End Times.

Or ....they just like crying children.

To the left: a campaign from Ogilvy & Mather Shanghai shilling "Freshly made angel hair", created by art director Ng Fan and photographer Connie Hong. I love it. They shaved some angel hair off the kid. Funny. 


To the right: a poster campaign for low-priced supermarket Netto with the motto "always close, never expensive" and a headline suggesting that you should shop less stuff more often, currently running in Sweden.

AD agency: Morkman, Ola Mork Art Director, Mia Löfgren copywriter.


Very similar, possibly inspired. The idea gods are at it again. The art direction on the "Angel hair" ad is much more in Greenberg's universe while the dark background and close crop of the ad on the right could be something from an early 1980s ad in Sweden.

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bella's picture

Those Jill Greenberg photos are horrible, but the ads are nice.