Reportage Festival director Stephen Dupont says his festival will not censor photographers but says this photograph by Nimbin photographer Raphaela Rosella, and others like it, is too distressing for young children to see.
Reportage Festival director Stephen Dupont says his festival will not censor photographers but says this photograph by Nimbin photographer Raphaela Rosella, and others like it, is too distressing for young children to see. Raphaela Rosella

Vivid festival responds to photo censorship claims

ORGANISERS of Sydney's Reportage Festival have responded to the ongoing controversy over the decision to ban images considered not "family friendly" by promising they will show all the images at indoor events.

Photos from the Reportage documentary photography festival, including those of Nimbin artist Raphaela Rosella, were to be projected outdoors at Circular Quay at part of Vivid Sydney.

However, Vivid organisers banned many photos due to concerns they were not family friendly.

The decision, reported on by the Star yesterday, has been slammed by artists and heavily criticised by readers of The Northern Star on our website and Facebook page.

Reportage director Stephen Dupont yesterday said his festival would not censor the work of photographers "who have often risked their own lives in the pursuit of their art", and announced more indoor screenings where viewers could choose to come and see the photo documentary essays.

Mr Dupont said the works removed from the public arena were deemed by Vivid Sydney organisers as too distressing for young children and family viewing, but he said he would ensure all these images were available to Reportage followers.

Mr Dupont and Destination NSW, who produce Vivid Sydney, are continuing to collaborate to complete the selection of outdoor public screening works.



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