24 May 2008

Bill Henson

Works from a photography exhibition by Bill Henson have been removed by Australian police from Roslyn Oxley9, a Sydney art gallery. The confiscated photographs are images of a naked teenaged girl. Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has described them as "revolting", and censored versions of some images have been shown by ABC TV in Australia.

Nude images of minors have been removed from galleries in the past, most recently a Nan Goldin photograph investigated, and subsequently exonerated, by UK police last year. Photographs of children by Robert Mapplethorpe, Graham Ovenden, Ron Oliver, Will McBride, David Hamilton, Tierney Gearon, and Annelies Strba have previously been investigated by UK police as potentially obscene. In America, the FBI investigated photographers Jacqueline Livingston and Jock Sturges, though ultimately no charges were brought.