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The Henson Case

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  47 ratings  ·  4 reviews
On Thursday 22 May 2008, Bill Henson, one of Australia’s most significant artists, was preparing his new Sydney exhibition. It featured photographs of naked adolescent models. That afternoon, triggered by a newspaper column and the outrage of talkback radio hosts, a controversy exploded in response to these images.

The exhibition opening was cancelled. Police raided the gal
Hardcover, 149 pages
Published 2008 by Text Publishing
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James Tierney
Written at a breakneck speed as the furore broke in 2008, Marr not only retains his usual graceful clarity but a sure command of the chronology of events and their eventual import. A 'short, quick book' that -rarely enough done- outlasts the events which inspired it.
Andy Quan
A truly interesting book about a controversial issue that has repeated itself in different contexts and countries a few times. Well told, well researched and gripping. What is art? Who decides what is art? Who decides what is obscene? How have naked bodies become obscene, and the nakedness of children one of society's most terrible taboos?
I did not follow the story when it happened, but wanted to see the whole picture, regarding this scandal from the beginning till end. Without taking sides or being for or against Henson's photography and its subjects, I found the book gives me hope. We live in a democratic society, where media can not decide the outcome of the legal matter and public opinion is respected but not the rule of the law.
Jan 15, 2009 Juliet marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I've heard that this is a very biased side of the Henson saga but I'll borrow and read nonetheless.
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Eminent Australian journalist and biographer.
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