Name: Photographer Ejected From Street Arts Festival

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  North America



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Artist: Henry Butz

Confronting Bodies: The Sayville Chamber of Commerce

Date of Action: Saturday, August 4th, 2001, 10:00am

Specific Location: Main Street, Sayville, New York

Description of Artwork: Collection of black and white nude images of obese women.

Description of Incident: A representative of the Sayville Chamber of Commerce physically removed a photography display from the street citing anonymous complaints. During the one hour in which the display was available to the public, feedback from patrons was positive. Although the photographer had given the Chamber of Commerce advance, written notice of the intended subject matter and had offered to move the display, he was still ejected.

Results of Incident: Shop owners who had witnessed the incident were upset. The photographer was sent a check to refund the entrance fee, which did not cover the expense of creating the street display nor the lost revenue. The show moved on to SoHo Photo in New York City in November of 2002 for a one month exhibition entitled Clouds.

Source: First-hand account with witness

Submitted By: Henry Butz

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