Some in the "art world" cried foul; "It's censorship of the worst kind" they said . Defenders of the nude children's photos included the Gallery's owner, an arts journalist, and some members of the "arts community". A blog site discussing Henson's art, Junk for Code, argued that it's not pornography, but art. Defenders say Henson is one of the best artists in his field (digital media and photography).
True, much of the media reporting has used the word 'porn'. Whether or not they constitute pornography from a social or legal perspective is less important than the questions:
- "Is it right to photograph pubescent children in that way?"
- "Is it right to then put images of nude children on display?" (in a gallery or using the Internet)
- "Is it right to display images of children in erotic poses?"
PS some of the images have been posted on the Internet, but I will not display them on this site, because I believe that would be inappropriate.