|Henson hits out at "morlalism"
||[Jul. 11th, 2008|08:25 am]
According to The ABC online Bill Henson the artist/photographer whose photographs were seized by NSW police from a small art gallery in Paddington has spoken for the first time on "moralism"
Henson hits out at 'moralism'
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Bill Henson has made his first public appearance since a police raid on his works in Sydney.
He has opened an exhibition at the National Gallery in Canberra, using the occasion to hit out at what he calls "a world of moralism and clap trap".
Police seized dozens of Henson's photographs of naked children in May, prompting a heated public debate about the boundaries of art photography.
Hundreds attended the opening of Picture Paradise: Asia Pacific photography 1840s - 1940s to hear Mr Henson speak.
He did not refer directly to the recent controversy, but he told the crowd no-one can know what someone else sees, when they look at a photograph.
"The greatness of art comes from the ambiguities which is another way of saying, it stops us from knowing what to think," he said.
"It redeems us from a world of moralism, and opinionation and clap trap.
"It stops us in our tracks as we are formulating the truths we think we believe in. It stops us and it makes us wonder."
Another controversial publication featuring a naked child is now set to be examined by the classification board.