David Hamilton, the British photographer whose diaphanous images of prepubescent girls blurred the line between art and pornography, was found dead on Friday in his Paris apartment, one week after a former model accused him of raping her in when she was The police said that the cause appeared to be suicide but their investigation was continuing. Hamilton directed five erotic movies that largely centered on blossoming sexuality in flower-crowned girls. The nudity prompted a number of prosecutions against book buyers on charges of possession of child pornography, though in most cases the charges were dropped or the verdicts overturned.
David Hamilton, Photographer Known for Nude Images of Girls, Dies at 83
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Their forerunners used to condemn Pastels before they gained acceptance and called them "crayons" when Johann Alexander Thiele (1685-1752) invented them. Mercilessly disrespectful art critics of the time could not stop the Experimentalists no matter how viciously they attacked and derided them. What a debt we owe to these master artists who refused to knuckle under to the pressure of those short-sighted critics during those historic and experimental times. In England the liberation of the Pastellists from slight regard and undeserved disrespect came with the first exhibition of "The Pastel Society" at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1880. I am persuaded that history will repeat itself.