Random Images: Natalia Kharitonova

The following photo, Burnt by the Sun by Natalia Kharitonova, won Third Prize in a jury selection at the New York Center of Photographic Art last summer. It was recently censored by Instagram shortly after it was posted. In private emails from Instagram, the artist was advised that it was necessary to cover up the breasts of children, and therefore posting it was “unethical”. Kharitonova responded that, “It’s not ethical for me to just draw triangles on children …” Of course, Instagram is a private company and so little can be done about it at the moment. For the time being, it does still appear on Facebook, but who knows how long it will be able to remain there.

Natalia Kharitonova – Burnt by the Sun (2018)

5 thoughts on “Random Images: Natalia Kharitonova

  1. A further observation:
    There is a Russian movie entitled “Burnt by the Sun”
    which contains a scene of a topless little girl. I wonder if it was merely a coincidence,
    or whether possibly the title of this photograph was inspired by the title of the movie.

    • Not everything revolves around little girls. The expression was used during the Stalin era. The danger of being close to or even being known by Stalin is that there was the opportunity of great wealth or power, but one misstep and it was curtains! ‘Burnt by the Sun’ was coined to refer to this Icarus factor when dealing with Stalin. This state of affairs was explained in the Burnt by the Sun commentary.

  2. I think that this picture is beautiful, and that the demand for its censorship
    was idiotic.
    Realistically speaking, “breasts of children” is a contradiction in terms, even if it could be argued that it is biologically valid.

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