Fashion, Glamour and Art Nude photographer Lynn Baxter is peeved. And rightly so – his official page Lynn Baxter Photography which had about a 1000 likes was deleted by Facebook because according to FB the page contained nudity.
Speaking to Bollywood and news portal IndyaNewz.com from Bangkok where he is currently shooting for a calender for a well-known international beer brand, Lynn Baxter said, “This is outrageous. Facebook just deleted my official page Lynn Baxter Photography.
I shoot fashion, glamour and art nudes. None of my work can be considered pornographic or vulgar or in bad taste. I am surprised that Facebook does not understand and appreciate art. Nude art is an integral form and part of photography. I can vouch for all my images. None of them were even close to pornography. In fact, I am myself against pornographya and have campaigned against its use in the public domain.
But art nude is a different ball game all together. Facebook should have some way of flagging posts or content or pages or profiles as mature or adult. Today there is a lot of pornographic content available freely on the internet.
Why does Facebook play the Big Daddy? Why does Facebook try to censor art? They could have marked my page in a different category if they felt it was not appropriate for minors or users below 15. Today it was my page.
Tomorrow Facebook will start censoring other works and forms of art,” Baxter told IndyaNewz.com, adding that Facebook is now playing the moral policeman. Facebook should reclassify content and pages – they are not only catering to minors and kids. Facebook in my opinion has a large audience of adults who will possibly not be alarmed by art nude images.
Most of my photographs were like the image below and there is nothing obscene about this image, said Baxter voicing his views. Lynn Baxter has shot art and glamour nudes with several Indian models including Mumbai-based Ishika Borah, Sarita Sharma Singh, Rehana Shah Das and the Pune based model and actress Manjushree Jadhav.