Bill Henson's 12-13 yr-old girl naked photos at Sydney's Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

Updated: 05 Nov 2009
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Charges are expected to be laid after police last week seized 20 Henson photographs of a naked girl and boy, believed to be aged 12 and 13, from Sydney's Roslyn Oxley9 gallery.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione today said he had a strong personal reaction to the nature of the seized images.


Australian photographer Bill Henson took nude photos of 12 and 13 year old girls. They were displayed as part of an exhibition but a huge public outcry has ensued and the photos have been withdrawn. The photos were included an online gallery website that has also been taken down.

Proponents say the photos are art not pornography and the outcry is unjustified because Henson is a reputable photographic artist. They claim it amounts to censorship.

Police say charges of child sexual exploitation will be laid but have not said who will will face charges. I expect the photographer, gallery, website author and parents could potentially be charged.

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