1st October 2007
The world famous New York photographer, Nan Goldin is in the middle of a police investigation into one of her photographs.
A photograph was seized a from an exhibition at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, UK. The police seized the photograph in response to concerns from the gallery’s management regarding the integrity of the image in terms of breaching child pornography laws.
The Northumbria Police refuse to identify the artist or work under question. It is understood however that the image was created by Nan Goldin. Nan Goldin’s work has been brought into question before when she was one of several artists whose work was investigated by French police relating to depictions of child sexuality in France.
A police spokeswoman said: “The circumstances around who may have been involved in the production of the image and who may have owned it or owns it forms part of the investigation.” She added: “We attended the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead last Thursday at the invitation of the management who were seeking advice about an item for an exhibition prior to it going on public display. This item is being assessed and Northumbria Police, in consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, is investigating.”