The Henson Case

by David Marr | Arts & Photography |
ISBN: 9781921520037 Global Overview for this book
Registered by seldombites of Bridgewater, South Australia Australia on 7/5/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by seldombites from Bridgewater, South Australia Australia on Sunday, July 05, 2009





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On Thursday 22 May 2008, Bill Henson was waiting to open his latest exhibition in Sydney. But that afternoon a ferocious media campaign led police to shut down the show. They raided the gallery, seized photographs of naked adolescents and threatened to charge Henson, one of Australia's greatest living artists, as a child pornographer.

Politicians across the country turned on Hensen. The Prime Minister called his pictures 'absolutely revolting'. Galleries stripped them from their walls. While the artist remained silent, a debate raged about art, children, censorship, paedophilia, the internet, the police and the media.

In The Henson Case the acclaimed journalist David Marr tells the story of a great national uproar that's already passing into myth. This is a remarkable investigative essay in which Bill Henson breaks his silence for the first time. Drawing on key documents, and the revealing testimony of principal players, Marr writes of a country divided and a witch-hunt that went wrong.

The Henson Case features details of eight photographs from the controversial Sydney show.

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This is a paperback edition published in 2008. This edition contains 149 pages. This is an Australian Book

Journal Entry 2 by seldombites from Bridgewater, South Australia Australia on Friday, September 11, 2009
No-one living in Australia could have possibly escaped the controversy surrounding Bill Henson's photography of nude teens. It seemed like no-one was left on the fence. Everyone had an opinion, heavily coloured by media coverage of events. Even the Prime Minister had his say. But do any of us really know the full story?

In The Henson Case journalist David Marr chronicles events from beginning to end, bringing to light many facts that were missed in the media feeding frenzy. Throughout the whole sorry mess, I argued to anyone that would listen that nudity does not equal pornography. In my opinion, this book vindicates my position.

So, what is your view? Is Henson's work art or porn? Is Henson artist or paedophile? Don't base your opinion on sensationalist reporting. Read the facts, then decide.

Journal Entry 3 by seldombites at Rockhampton, Queensland Australia on Friday, September 11, 2009

Released 11 yrs ago (9/11/2009 UTC) at Rockhampton, Queensland Australia

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Journal Entry 4 by SpiderLion from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Monday, September 14, 2009
Caught as a Boomerang.

Journal Entry 5 by SpiderLion from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, September 23, 2009
'The Henson Case' by David Marr is an easy to read book which is interesting, concise and gives a good angle from those who were involved with this be they part of the art galleries to models and their parents to Bill Henson.

This book shows just how easy something so simple and innocent, taken by the teeth of those with their own political barrows to push can turn something into a circus. Here we had politicians using police to make them look like they were doing something only for the police action to falter due to a lack of criminal action. How amazingly quick are Australians ready to throw away their freedoms in the guise of feeling safe, especially when the political totem of 'child protection' is used.

A good book worth reading.

Journal Entry 6 by SpiderLion at Rockhampton, Queensland Australia on Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Released 11 yrs ago (9/23/2009 UTC) at Rockhampton, Queensland Australia

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Boomerang released. Going back to fairywhispers.

Journal Entry 7 by seldombites from Bridgewater, South Australia Australia on Thursday, September 24, 2009
I have received this book back, safe and sound. Very soon, it will be journeying to my Mum (a non-bookcrosser) in Jabiru :-)

Journal Entry 8 by seldombites from Bridgewater, South Australia Australia on Monday, December 14, 2009
Mum read it. Now it's back.

Journal Entry 9 by seldombites at Cambridge Park, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, November 14, 2013

Released 7 yrs ago (11/14/2013 UTC) at Cambridge Park, New South Wales Australia

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