I am often critical of police, I admit it, I believe as a society we have a moral obligation to question authority as a form of vigilance to ensure our liberties are respected and our personal freedoms are maintained.
I am also a firm supporter of the arts, and I am most certainly not a prude.
I say these things merely to underline my viewpoint on a number of issues, so I can say advisedly and not as a result of a knee jerk reaction that I was genuinely pleased to hear that police had shut down an exhibition by
child pornographer photographer Bill Henson.
Personally I hope they throw the book at him, the naked form of an underage girl is not something to be bandied about publicly like so cheap a commodity and certainly not something to be exploited for commercial gain as Henson has done repeatedly in the past.
Henson is a vulture of the worst kind and deserves to be
Albury regional art gallery which I’m disgusted to say both owns and displays Henson’s exploitative images, and has even played host to a
letcher lecture by this nasty little rockspider should take heed, this kind of muck is not art, it’s unconscienable exploitation of the vulnerable by a vile and odeous little man using his fame to charismaticly lure and seduce young girls on the premise of being “immortalised in art”.
The only mystery here is why it took so long for this malignant flesh peddler to be reigned in.
I hope his sentance is lengthy and his cell-mate brutal.
I also hope some of the parents who have allowed their daughters to be preyed upon in this way are charged as accessories.
For the record, I have seen Henson’s “work”, I found it profoundly exploitative and deeply offensive. I felt somewhat violated by looking at those images.
UPDATE: I see Albury Regional Gallery has pulled some of the images, nice to see that in the absence of a moral quandry, fear of a legal quandry is still a motivating factor for the gallery staff. Perhaps they are more concerned an angry mob will descend on them?
WARNING this link contains pictorial images.
UPDATE 2: I see the BM in it’s wisdom has seen fit to reproduce this piece from a national story that appeared a couple of days ago.
To me it’s more an example of this phenomenon than it is a legitimisation of Henson’s conduct.