About the Photographer
American, b. 1977
Completed over a span of nine years, Jennifer Greenburg's series The Rockabillies documents a contemporary global subculture whose participants adopt certain values of 1950s America along with its style, adhering to certain understood codes in terms of attire and behavior. Describing her interest, Greenburg writes, "The Rockabillies are an anomoly compared to other subcultures in that they base themselves and their lifestyle on another generation as opposed to music, ethnicity or station. I was seduced by the idea that one could ignore the harsh truths of modernity in lieu of an imagined romantic innocence attributed to the middle 20th century. My photographs serve as records and monuments to an autonomous and unique way of life."
Greenburg began the project by making portraits of individuals and families in their homes and other private settings. These photographs, such as Eric After the Weekender (2007) demonstrate not only how they dress—in wingtip shoes and vintage shirts, in Eric's case—but also how they furnish their living spaces. Eventually Greenburg expanded the project and began to photograph public social events as well, providing a more complete picture of the Rockabilly lifestyle.
Born in Chicago, Greenburg completed a BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA at the University of Chicago, with an emphasis on documentary video and photography. She has taught at Columbia College Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, Harold Washington College in Chicago, and College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois.