Elton Address Child Porn Investigation

(antiMusic) As we reported yesterday, a photo owned by Elton John has sparked a child porn investigation in the UK. Elton's website posted a statement about the photo in question and says that it has been exhibited around the world without issue in the past. Here is the statement: The photograph entitled "Klara and Edda belly-dancing" (1998) is one of 149 images comprising the "Thanksgiving" installation by renowned US photographer Nan Goldin.

The photograph exists as part of the installation as a whole and has been widely published and exhibited throughout the world. It can be found in the monograph of Ms Goldin's works entitled "The Devil's Playground" (Phaidon, 2003), has been offered for sale at Sotheby's New York in 2002 and 2004, and has previously been exhibited in Houston, London, Madrid, New York, Portugal, Warsaw and Zurich without any objections of which we are aware.

Elton John is known as one of the world's foremost collectors of photographic art and has several thousand photographs in his collection, including works by Man Ray, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Diane Arbus and Ansel Adams.

Elton John purchased the "Thanksgiving" installation from the White Cube gallery in London (contact: Deirdre Cott. + 44 (0)20 7930 5373) in 1999, and the installation is presently on loan to The Baltic Centre For Contemporary Art in Newcastle.

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