Everything Old is New (photograph)

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Date: 1995

Region: North America

Subject: Nudity

Medium: Photography


Artist: Ken Lambert

Confronting Bodies: The White House News Photographers Association President

Date of Action: 1995

Location: Washington, D.C., USA

Description of Artwork: Lambert's, Everything Old is New, shows a fully dressed woman and a nude male at the 1995 Woodstock Music Festival.

The Incident: Everthing Old is New was chosen for the White House News Photographers Association's juried exhibit, which is viewed by the president, included in an award ceremony and presented in the Library of Congress. The jury selected Lambert's photo, however the association president, Ken Baylock, tried to prevent it from recieving honors, suggesting that it was distasteful.

Results of Incident: Several other photographers threatened to remove their work from the exhibit. At an executive board meeting, members agreed to honor the photo and display it in the library, but not to present it to the president.

Source: Artistic Freedom Under Attack, 1996