Like most parents would do, photographer Wyatt Neumann took tons of photographs of his two year old when they were roadtripping across the country for a couple of weeks. Excited to share his photos with social media, he posted his favorite shots to Instagram. What he wasn’t expecting was the backlash that would ensue:
Almost instantly, people began a tirade against the photographer, saying his images were child pornography.
They began leaving angry comments and messages. They even got his Instagram account taken down. What Neumann felt were typical candid portraits of a two year old girl enjoying time with her father were met with outrage.
Neumann responded graciously to his naysayers with an art show, aptly titled I Feel Sorry For Your Children: The Sexualization of Innocence in America. New York City’s Safari Gallery, hosted the show, which Neumann hopes will “create a discourse between people on both freedom of expression as well as how society tends to sexualize the natural acts of children.”
“To me that being able to express and…document my children’s lifestyle…is my right.”
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