||[May. 29th, 2008|07:40 pm]
According to The Arts Guide Australia today..
Ms Evans is quoted as saying “I have known Bill Henson since he first showed in my gallery in 1978.”
Ms Evans went on to say “Even then he always paid his models and he would never use a young person without full consultation with the family. As a grandmother and photographer I would be delighted to have Bill photograph my grandchildren as he senses the purity and beauty of his models. “In fact I have a Henson photograph of my young friend Joelle in my home. I know that seeing herself through Bill’s eyes made her more confident about herself. She was a beautiful, shy and strong girl proud of being chosen by Bill Henson, now ten years later she hangs her image in her home for her children to enjoy.”
One of Australia’s pre-eminent photographers and considered by many the greatest living Australian exponent of this art form Ms Evans says “Bill Henson is a great master who is a true humanist. He has the ability to express the feelings of the wonder and aloneness of the pubescent child. Shall all artists who consider their condition be banned and thus leave them without a voice to interpret their condition.”
However according to the Sydney Morning Herald Yuko Narushima May 29, 2008 - 3:46PM
Online photographs used by media websites to report on the investigation into Bill Henson have been referred to the Classification Board, the Minister for Home Affairs, Bob Debus, said.
ACT Police are also assessing at least 79 Henson photographs held in Canberra galleries as the investigation into the artist widens.
"Several online images of Bill Henson photographs from media websites reporting on the exhibition at the Rosyln Oxley9 gallery in Sydney have been referred to the Classification Board," he said.
They were referred to the board by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), which investigates complaints about online content.
"They do not involve content published online by the Oxley gallery as the gallery voluntarily removed images from its website last week," Mr Debus said.
The Classification Board does not classify art exhibitions but classifies some publications including pictures published online.
A spokeswoman for Mr Debus would not name the websites involved.
...meanwhile the illegal trade in video pornography flourishes in the Eastern states of Australia...
I have been exhausted all day today. Yesterday I won an Australian Computer Society "coffee mug" "key ring" and "gadget" for having my ACS event evaluation form selected from a hat.