Art gallery exhibit seized for ''breaching child porn lawas''

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London, Sep 25 (UNI) An art gallery exhibiting photographs owned by Sir Elton John was raided by the police for breaching child porn laws.

The officers were called in by the manager at the Baltic art galleryi Gateshed, Tyenside and a picture was seized.

Police and museum bosses refused to identify the artist whose work was at the centre of the enquiry.

One of the exhibitions, Thanksgiving, was shot by New York photographer Nan Goldin and is owned by Sir Elton, although there was no suggestion that he was personally aware of the content of the exhibition, Daily Mail reported.

Goldin's work, along with a number of other artists', has previously been the subject of a police investigation in France into depictions of child sexuality. It is understood the picture - showing a young girl sitting with her legs open - was taken on Thursday, the day Goldin's exhibition opened.

''The police investigation centres on a photograph of a little girl which is inside a book,'' a source was quoted as saying by Daily Mail.

''It wasn't actually going to be displayed but was part of the wider body of work in the exhibition,'' sources added.

The gallery did not comment and was not naming the artist involved. Baltic director Peter Doroshenko refered enquiries to Northumbria Police.

The image was being examined by lawyers from the Crown Prosecution Service to see if it breached the 1978 Protection of Children Act.

''The circumstances around who may have been involved in the production of the image and who may have owned it or owns it forms part of the investigation,'' police spokeswoman said.

Three exhibitions currently being shown at the Baltic carry warnings about their explicit nature.

Nan Goldin's is introduced as an exhibition called Thanksgiving from the Sir Elton John photographic collection. Thanksgiving is described by the baltic as an installation of photographs that documents Goldin's life from 1973 to 1999 -''a micro-retrospective of her career.'' UNI

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