Photographer of ‘Beheaded Trump’ Art Comments on the Controversy — Sort Of

Jun 1, 2017  •  Post A Comment

Tyler Shields, who photographed the now infamous session in which Kathy Griffin holds up a prop version of a severed Donald Trump head — a session that got the comedian fired from her CNN gig and drew a torrent of online outrage — stood by his work in a brief grocery store parking lot interview with TMZ.

Pressed to comment on the controversy, Shields wasn’t saying much, insisting he just wanted to go home and eat his ice cream. But he did comment: “You make art, you gotta stand by it.”

Shields wouldn’t rule out future projects along the same lines. “Can’t censor myself, man,” the photographer said.

The video can be seen by clicking here to go to TMZ.com.


  1. First it has to be ART. That may pass as free speech, but not art.

  2. Art doesn’t have to be “pretty” to be effective. I thought this guy’s piece was crass and tasteless, myself, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t art. It’s just not good art. And that’s OK, we suffer through bad art all the time (looking at you, network television)

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