An exhibition by the Australian photographer Bill Henson was recently raided by police in Sydney, Australia. The Henson exhibition included images of a naked 13 year old girl. Photographs were taken and police are now investigating the matter.
The announcement came as an online forensic expert said there was “no doubt” the controversial photographs had already made their way on to pedophile websites. “I’d be very surprised if the photos are not already (on pedophilia sites),” said law academic and computer forensic examiner Ajoy Ghosh, who has worked on several child pornography investigations. The Age
I have mixed feelings about the controversy. He does make beautiful photos but I don’t think artists are above the law. If it’s wrong for a kiddie porn website to have photos of underage nude girls on them, it should be wrong for an art gallery to hang them. But I don’t like rules or the law very much either, so who knows.
Update: I’m lazy and couldn’t be bothered replying to anymore emails about the Bill Henson photo so I have covered up two of the more provocative bits of the photo. I won’t be taking the photo down unless you have a badge and are kicking my door down though, so please don’t ask me to. If you have an opinion to express on the Bill Henson teen photo, share it with us all by leaving a comment on this post.