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

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: Re: Pornography?
From: "Bryan Caldwell" <>
Date: Wed, 3 May 2000 11:03:51 -0700


Several years ago, there was quite a movement to boycott sellers of books by
Jock Sturges and Sally Mann (both of which feature nude photographs of
children). The Barnes and Noble bookseller where I live was picketed on a
daily basis.

Fortunately it all seems to have blown over. And, to their credit, Barnes
and Noble refused to stop selling the books - although in a number of
locations they did remove them from the shelves and sell them from the front
counter only.


- ----- Original Message -----
From: "John Coan" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, May 03, 2000 10:19 AM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: Re: Pornography?

> So why aren't the fibbers going after the book publisher and retail book
> 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,
> > growing up, etc. The family happened to practice nudity. Fifty percent
> > 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
> > 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
> > >way in
> > >a lot of these cases.
> > >I would be looking to sue the film processor and the local police.
> > >face it
> > >child porn is a real problem, there are a lot predators out there but I
> > >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
> > >folks
> > >need to do their own processing.
> > >Let the Witch Hunt Begin!!!
> > >Cheers.