Police stop Copenhagen nude photo exhibition

Danish police has stopped an exhibition featuring photos of naked natural women from being shown on a square in central Copenhagen, claiming that the pictures are indecent.

Police stop Copenhagen nude photo exhibition
Mathilde Grafström's photographs are intended to show that there is nothing wrong with the female body. Photo: Mathilde Grafström
Artist Mathilde Grafström takes pictures of women naked who don't necessarily conform to fashion ideals often in nature.
“I take my photos to show young women that they are more beautiful than they think. I show the woman that she is beautiful, and that way I can help her to accept herself,” she told Denmark's TV2 broadcaster.
On her website, Grafström writes that her project “Female Beauty” is about combating negative self image.
“When we don't make our self small, boring and ugly with our own thoughts, we shine naturally of beauty, life and joy.”
Police have now refused to give her permission to display the pictures on Copenhagen's Nytorv square.
Grafström has filed an official complaint to the police, claiming that there is nothing wrong with the female body.
“It's totally reprehensible. Total suppression of my art. I don't understand that my pictures can be offensive. They show something you see when you change clothes at swimming pool,” she said.
Grafström has also reported an advert for Nygart plastic surgery clinic on buses in Copenhagen that show naked breasts, The advert has not been taken down.
“Nygarts breasts are plastic. My photos are an aesthetic expression. It is shocking that my pictures are obscene, while advertising is not,” she told TV2.

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Danish photographer wins World Press Photo award

Danish photographer Mads Nissen has won the prestigious World Press Photo of the Year award.

Danish photographer wins World Press Photo award
See below for the full version of the award-winning photograph. Photo: Mads Nissen/Ritzau Scanpix

Nissen took the winning photograph on an assignment in Brazil in which he portrayed the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on life in some of the South American country’s hardest-hit areas.

The photograph shows Rosa Luzia Lunardi (85) and nurse Adriana Silva da Costa Souza at Viva Bem care home, São Paulo, Brazil, on August 5th 2020.

The two people holding are each other while wearing face masks and separated by a plastic sheet.

Nissen, who works as a staff photographer for newspaper Politiken, has now won the international award twice.

“To me, this is a story about hope and love in the most difficult times. When I learned about the crisis that was unfolding in Brazil and the poor leadership of president Bolsonaro who has been neglecting this virus from the very beginning, who’s been calling it ‘a small flu,’ I really felt an urge to do something about it,” Nissen commented via the World Press Photo website.

World Press Photo jury member Kevin WY Lee said the “iconic image of COVID-19 memorializes the most extraordinary moment of our lives, everywhere.”

“I read vulnerability, loved ones, loss and separation, demise, but, importantly, also survival—all rolled into one graphic image. If you look at the image long enough, you’ll see wings: a symbol of flight and hope,” Lee said via the award’s website.

Photo: Mads Nissen/Ritzau Scanpix

The annual World Press Photo contests reward visual journalism and digital storytelling.