Naked wedding photo outcry in China

2010-11-12 15:43

Shanghai - A trade association for wedding photographers in China is calling for a ban on naked portraits of newlyweds, a new trend among the country's young couples.

The Shanghai Wedding Trade Association said the practice disrespects the institution of marriage and warned it would press the government to ban any studio that takes such photos, the Shanghai Daily reported on Friday.

"We don't advocate such wedding photographs as they are out of keeping with the conservative traditions of Chinese people," the association's vice-president He Lina was quoted as saying.

"Weddings should be holy ceremonies, so we hope young people can show respect."

Unlike in the West, Chinese wedding photos are normally taken months before the ceremony and show couples posing in Western and Chinese outfits.

Some studios have begun offering couples the option of portraits of them wearing nothing at all or with strategically placed sheets or other objects covering their bodies, the newspaper reported.

Lawyer Liu Chunquan told the newspaper that there was nothing illegal about taking naked portraits, but said anyone who spreads such photos in the public domain could face pornography charges.

However some samples of purported naked wedding photos have been posted on the internet, prompting a debate over privacy and the wisdom of posing nude.

Fans of the photos say they capture a couple's deep love and intimacy, the newspaper wrote.

  • Allan - 2010-11-12 16:21

    The Vaal Wedding Association, ( based in Gauteng, South Africa would support the couples right to privacy. Nude photography is not illegal, pornographic or distasteful, depending on how the subjects are posed. It is our opinion that the couple's have the right to be photographed in any way they please but it is the responsibility of the photographer to advise and pose his or her subject in such a way as not to appear pornographic. Any images taken for a client MUST be protected by the ethics of the photographer and not be distributed in any way, shape or form but be made available to the client ONLY. What the client does with the images in his or her possession is up the them. The danger of litigation or regulation would be to kill nude photography as an art form.

  • Balstrome - 2010-11-13 10:03

    Is this not a freedom of expression thing, and therefore should be allow, protected and defended.

      Cecil Jones - 2010-11-13 20:38

      Just how far does freedom of expression go?

      Lestor - 2010-11-14 15:12

      Far enough to cover being photographed nude certainly. Really everyone is/should be free to express themselves in anyway they wish. A few exceptions obviously. But really nude wedding photos hurt no one so why should they be banned?

  • juan.mahaganti - 2010-11-29 03:21

    It's something hilariously funny!!! A Communist country is talking about preserving morality and traditional value?? what happened with "away with all your superstition" thing?????

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