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i agree mullet..and you're welcome..

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some of his work reminds me of peter lindbergh's...only darker..
it has that same cinematographic quality, as you mention mullet..
a lot of movement and shadow..like you're secretly capturing someone mid-moment..

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there is a LOT of work to be viewed at this link..
http://www.roslynoxley9.com.au/artists/18/Bill_Henson/
if anyone is interested..

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wow im so suprised that there is a thread on him. He is honestly one of my favourite photographers.. Colour and intensity in his images are so amazing.

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Art or porn? Photographer facing obscenity charges


Bill Henson with his controversial photographs at the Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery in Sydney, before they were removed as police evidence.
Photo: Adam Hollingworth


Josephine Tovey and Philippa Hawker
May 24, 2008

THE art world has denounced a "dark day in Australian culture" after police seized up to 21 photos of naked children and said they would lay charges over an exhibition by renowned Australian artist Bill Henson.

While Prime Minister Kevin Rudd described the works as "revolting" and devoid of artistic merit, the art community has come out strongly on the side of Henson, rejecting the accusation that his works are pornographic.

At 3pm yesterday, police announced charges would be laid under the NSW and Commonwealth crimes acts for publishing an indecent article.

It was unclear whether Henson or people from Sydney's Rosyln Oxley9 Gallery, which published several of the controversial images on its website and promotional material, would be charged.

Both Henson and gallery owner Roslyn Oxley went to ground. Henson is believed to be distressed by the charges.

"This morning, police have attended the gallery and executed a search warrant and seized several items depicting a child under the age of 16 years of age in a sexual context," Superintendent Allan Sicard told media gathered outside the gallery.

The Age believes that police are also examining previous work by the artist.

Police raided the gallery on Thursday night following a complaint that has since been revealed to have come from child sexual assault advocate Hetty Johnson.

Early yesterday the gallery released a statement saying it would remove some of the works and reopen the show.

"After much consideration, we have decided to withdraw a number of works from the current Bill Henson exhibition that have attracted controversy," the statement says.

"The current show, without the said works, will be reopened for viewing in coming days."

The gallery has not commented since it was announced charges would be laid.

Henson has been a prominent figure since his first show at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1975. His work is found in public, private and corporate collections, including the National Gallery of Australia and the Australian High Court. It is also held in several prestigious international galleries, including the Guggenheim in New York and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris.

Over the decades, his subjects have included crowds, landscapes and images of urban decay, but those that excite the most comment and controversy have been of adolescent bodies.

In his latest exhibition, seen by Fairfax journalists at an early viewing this week, photographs of naked children comprised about a third of the show. Most of the shots were taken from the waist up, although the genitals of the female model were visible in one image.

In an interview this week, Henson spoke of his use of young subjects, saying: "I've worked with people this age for many, many years. They seem to be the most effective vehicle for expressing the things that interest me about humanity and vulnerability and our sense of ourselves living inside our bodies."

Opposition Leader Brendan Nelson concurred with Mr Rudd on the controversy, which has arisen at a time when a Senate investigation into the sexualisation of children is being conducted. "This photographic exhibition, from what I have seen and what I have been advised, violates the things for which we stand as Australians and indeed as parents," Dr Nelson said.

Clive Hamilton, formerly of the Australia Institute, which issued the report Corporate Pedophilia on the use of images of children in advertising, said the trend "towards presenting children in advertising and media in increasingly eroticised ways" changed the context in which the exhibition could be seen.

"It is tragic," he wrote on the news website Crikey, "that those who are responsible for sexualising children have robbed us of the ability to see Bill Henson's photographs the way he intended."

Melbourne gallery owner Anna Schwartz, whose then teenage daughter Zahava Elenberg was photographed clothed by Henson 20 years ago, said: "It's a dark day for Australian culture, in my view … it is an indictment of a culture when an artist of the integrity and stature of Bill Henson isn't free to show his work."

Anxieties about the sexualisation of children "are often well placed, but we should look elsewhere to remedy them", she said. "The issue doesn't lie with Bill Henson and his work, it lies elsewhere in the culture, with other imagery and other behaviour. He is being used as a scapegoat."
It was more relevant, she said, to "look, for example, at the way children are used in advertising and dressed by their parents.

"People who are concerned with the protection of children are very important … But they're looking in the wrong place if they're looking at an artist like Bill Henson."

Henson's Melbourne dealer, Jan Minchin, also issued a statement, saying his photos were "revered and exhibited around the world" and that she could never have imagined "such an uninformed and extreme response" to his work.

The National Gallery of Victoria, which has 94 Hensons, said that Henson had "consistently represented the nude figure and explores adolescence as a theme". It said his work was "ambiguous and often dealing with a transitional moment in young people's lives", as well as being part of a "humanistic tradition" that "explored the body at all ages and in all its forms".

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i would like to see the images that have sparked all this debate...i dont get the feeling that bill henson is inappropriately sexualising children....but i suppose i can see both sides of the story on this one...i dont know...
...i think it's crazy to press charges...removing the work from the exhibition is one thing but come on...the guy isn't a criminal....

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these are the images I've seen (that were removed from the gallery website):





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really, that's it?....i would have imagined something very different..
...this seems to be very in keeping with his past work and it is definitely not something he hasnt done before, so i wonder why all the fuss now... i personally wouldnt want my 15 or 16 year old daughter posing nude in photographs but i understand that people parent differently and i respect that....i think if the parent, model and photographer had a mutual understanding and no-one felt exploited, i dont see why the government and police need to step in here....

having said that, i understand that child prostitution is a very serious issue, and lines are often very blurry....there is always grey area that is very difficult to know how to deal with, so i suppose i understand the concern....just intuitively, though, i don't see the cause for uproar in this case...

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I've been following this in the media and to be honest it's a really hard issue. I have no problem at all with the photos because I think they have so much to say beyond pornography. But I also feel so awkward about teenagers posing for the photos ... at that age I know I really wouldn't be able to make a decent decision about whether to do it. What happens when you're old enough to regret it but the photos are already part of the public domain?

But then maybe that a different issue, I don't know.

On the topic of the photography I think it's really haunting and overwhelming. It's so dark and rich I think it really beautiful.

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^ really well said intorno, that was exactly the fine line i was treading too. it really is about being old enough, and experienced enough, to make a healthy and discerning decision. i guess there is no single 'minimum age' for that ability....some people seem to learn it early, others take a lifetime. and i think we see quite often, especially in places like hollywood, that even parents of children don't necessarily always make those 'decent' decisions about the wellbeing of their children. it's so hard to know...

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i dont think it is the role of politicians to censure art, putting personal preferences aside.

however it is interesting to me that this quasi return-to-conservatism/puritanism is a recent trend;

from the scandal over Miley Cyrus, RUSSH editorial images etc..

i wonder what is driving it?

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^ i think it is the fact that these girls are so young and hollywood seems to be 'exploiting' their lack of life experience

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hmm definately a factor adorefaith;

one that crops up in terms of underage models posing provocatively etc ..

i'm also wondering if there is an increased fear and need for protection of children in light of paedophilia cases and/or instances of children being kidnapped..?

in a contemporary context where there is more sexualisation than ever in the media it is very interesting to see this juxtoposition.

perhaps art/media/expression have taken sexualisation to such an extent that it has come full circle; back to traditionalist values?

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an interesting article from today's australian...

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Kelli Fuery | June 04, 2008

IT'S the same thing all over again, isn't it? "I don't know much about art, but I know it shouldn't be sexual."
Except in the case of Bill Henson's artwork, where what we hear is very much the case of what people don't like or approve of. And perhaps this is where the problem lies. Henson's art has been hung on many gallery walls without controversy, his captivating images helping to flesh out the contemporary portfolio of the more traditional gallery in the city of Sydney. Art, specifically contemporary art, has often been at the centre of contentious cultural debate when it comes to categorising, containing and policing aesthetics, taste and acceptability. So why does the photography of Henson reignite this debate? What is at stake here is the anointment of the artist and the function of art within culture and society.
The anointment of artist recognises the bestowing of privilege and positioning of the artist in society. Once labelled an artist, there is an acceptance of responsibility to challenge the ideologies of that society: what it means to be an artist and what is produced in the name of art. Society has to accept that art must be read in this specific context. Beyond the present debate of Henson's photography, the nature and issue of consent and child pornography is the question: what is the status of art in the 21st century?
The relationship between children and sexuality has never been an easy one to explore or represent within culture. Yet many of the arguments and discussion on the topic start from a fundamentally flawed position. This is understandable given the controversial subject matter and the subsequent images and narratives that are developed.
What is seemingly at the heart of the controversy is the sexualisation of children, yet this in itself is not new. Sigmund Freud and Michel Foucault discussed, respectively, the sexuality of children and the history of sexuality. Foucault most notably argued that sexuality was as concerned with self-identification, categorisation and control as it was desire.
Building on his argument, I suggest that to understand the issue of the representation of children and adolescents in art, outside of contexts that may be deemed solely sexual, we need to return to issues that concentrate on the role, function and obligations of the status of the artist.
In March 2001, the artwork of American photographer Tierney Gearon was the focus of a similar media frenzy. The Saatchi Gallery in London exhibited Gearon's photographs, including one featuring her two naked children wearing masks, another with her son urinating in the snow. No charges were laid and the exhibition remained. In March 2004, artist Betsy Schneider's photographs of her naked daughter were removed from Spitz Gallery in Spitalfields Market, London. Sally Mann's photographic monographs including At Twelve: Portraits of Young Women and Immediate Family have also been caught in the net of conservative judgment and the grey cloud of "taking advantage". Mann photographs her own children at play and her work, as with Henson's, explores themes of freedom, awakening, identity of children and adolescence through (among other things) play.
These artists' photographs offer an insight into a time of life that falls between categories, a chance to witness identity evolving, something to which we can all relate. An artist's work should make us view an aspect of life from a fresh perspective, see something that is part of everyday life in a new light. It evokes response, emotion, debate and challenges our ideologies.
Art must always do this in every medium. It will always do this and this function must be preserved.
Child pornography does not do this. Child pornography exploits images of children and depicts the sexual abuse of children. Its intent is to titillate and sexually excite those who choose to look at it. Gearon, Schneider and Henson's photography does not do this. A naked image is not always an obscene image and it's about time conservative Australia let go of its need to repress sexuality. What's next? Fig leaves for Michelangelo's David? A cloak for Botticelli's Birth of Venus?
The answer to this question includes the safeguarding of artistic structures and practices against any form of censorship through public voice. Prominent figures must continue to speak out against police presence in art galleries; removal of artworks from their exhibitions; protecting the position of the artist; and avoiding personal comment and judgment on the merit of any specific artwork. It is not the place for the office of the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, unaware of an artist's oeuvre, to state personal opinion. Sorry can be said outside political gain.
And where is the voice of Peter Garrett, the federal Arts Minister? Where are all the voices defending the role of the artist to challenge, explore and test those areas of life that we do not pay attention to? Art should be political but, unfortunately for us all, it has become so for the worst of reasons.
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