Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/05/03

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: Re: Pornography?
From: John Coan <>
Date: Wed, 03 May 2000 13:19:04 -0400

So why aren't the fibbers going after the book publisher and retail book sellers?
This is preposterous treatment for a serious photographer.  Whatever happened to
the first amendment?

Jim Brick wrote:

> Jock Sturges, a very very talented and famous photographer in San
> Francisco, was commissioned by a family, to document their life, children
> growing up, etc. The family happened to practice nudity. Fifty percent of
> Jock's photographs were of the family while nude. Children, adolescents,
> adults... He was arrested, his entire photographic life confiscated, he
> spent huge sums of money fighting the charges. He finally won. It took
> nearly two years to get his "personal and professional" work back from the
> FBI and even today, he doesn't seem to have everything back. No apology.
> The FBI still has him tagged as a pervert. His book on this project is:
> "The Last Day of Summer" and is a magnificent study/documentary of a
> growing family.
> Jim
> At 10:50 AM 5/3/00 -0400, Jeffcoat Photography wrote:
> >There are too many people sticking their noses into everyone else's
> business in
> >the name of protecting children. I think a little common sense goes a long
> >way in
> >a lot of these cases.
> >I would be looking to sue the film processor and the local police. Let's
> >face it
> >child porn is a real problem, there are a lot predators out there but I don't
> >think that a grand mother and her grand children is not a threat.
> >There was a smiliar situation with a mother and her 6 yr old. I guess these
> >folks
> >need to do their own processing.
> >Let the Witch Hunt Begin!!!
> >Cheers.