Magnum Photos Says Alleged Child Abuse Images Were Result of Tagging Error

Magnum Photos is continuing its investigation into David Alan Harvey’s body of work, “THAILAND. Bangkok Prostitutes,” but has stated that the subjects featured in the photographs were adult dancers and bar workers.The photographs taken by Harvey were part of an album published in Magnum’s archive entitled “THAILAND. Bangkok Prostitutes.” Several images in this series were tagged with “Prostitute,” “Prostitution,” and “Teenage girl – 13 to 18 years.”Magnum’s spokesperson explained:Mr. Harvey contends that he did not tag the images with the P-word and that, to his knowledge, none of the people pictured were under the age of 18. Indeed, even in 1989, the authorities in the Patpong area of Bangkok were strict with license conditions to prevent underage people in the bars. As a final point, he maintains that the people in the photos were bar workers and dancers – he at no time witnessed any of them selling sex.David Alan Harvey. Thailand. Bangkok Prostitutes

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