His body of work is unknown, eclipsed by a single pictorial he undertook for American socialite Teri Shields. In , Garry Gross scribbled his name into a dubious footnote in the history of photography by photographing a nude year-old Brooke Shields. The rest was history — and a rancorous one as that. On this blog, the post of Brooke Shields which detailed the controversy remains the most visited entry , and comments there represent a veritable cross-section of pluralistic viewpoints and range from informed to inane.
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Was Brooke Shields Photographed Nude at 10 Years Old?
T he Richard Prince photograph of Brooke Shields that Tate Modern recently withdrew from the exhibition Pop Life, after Scotland Yard suggested it might break obscenity laws, travelled across the Atlantic carrying a long history of controversy. It shows a year-old Shields, oiled and glistening, naked and made-up, posing in a marble bathtub with a seductive danger that belies her years. It tells you everything about what we fear and desire. Prince, Schorr tells me, has never met Shields.
Succumbing to pressure from the police, the Tate Modern in London has removed a Richard Prince photo that features Brooke Shields, age 10, wearing lots of makeup, prepubescent and nude. If the idea that such a photo exists is a little dizzying to you, its origins might make you downright queasy. Now, as a mom, there is a lot that is cringe-worthy about this bit of information for me a ten-year old? Why on earth would a mother put her daughter through that? What kind of parent does that to a minor?
Michelle Smith , Deakin University. The passing of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner prompted both positive and negative eulogising. From one perspective, he was a revolutionary who helped to dismantle the long-standing secrecy and shame surrounding sexuality.