Bill Henson

Bill Henson

Some 10 years ago, Australian photographer Bill Henson was the subject of rolling controversy, with opprobrium upon him cast from household kitchens to houses of Parliament. His use of young pubescent models in attitudes that insinuate sexual imaginings, while accepted as artistic prerogative within the confines of a gallery, met with public outcry when the…

Looking at Looking - The Photographic Gaze

Looking at Looking - The Photographic Gaze

  I stand in NGV’s photography exhibition gallery, facing a whole wall studded with 20 pictures from Bill Henson’s Untitled 1980-1982 series. Forget silhouettes of girlish nudes, over which the Melbourne artist incurred public wrath some three years ago. Here, crowds in Melbourne from 30 years past appear to be waiting — for what, it is not clear. One can only speculate they are probably waiting…