A nude photo exhibition opened Wednesday at Guangzhou Library,
drawing queries about the line between art and pornography.
Some 300 big photos, featuring young women nude or barely clothed,
will be shown until the end of the month. The exhibitor said the
photos adopted a three-dimensional photographic technique with the
resolution for each photo reaching 20 million pixels. "It has never
before been used on nude photos," said Dong Yijin.
The models presented in the photos were all volunteers chosen
from various cities in China, he said.
He also claimed the photos were pure art and the high-resolution
technique helped to present the flawless skins and unique beauty of
Some visitors questioned whether cultural authorities approved
the exhibition. A cultural bureau official replied there was no law
imposing a compulsory examination on human body photo
An art industry management rule published July 1, 2004 by the
State lowered the threshold for entering the art market.
Companies no longer need the approval from cultural authorities
to exhibit or auction off art works as long as they are legally
registered with industrial and commercial departments.
Cultural and police authorities would catch and punish
exhibitors involved in spreading pornography with periodical
inspections or with the help of whistleblowers, the official
Another official regretted there was no clear definition of
pornography to distinguish it from the freedom of art.
The only provision concerning this issue is a temporary
regulation drawn 17 years ago on pornographic publications.
(Shenzhen Daily August 11, 2005)