Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Artist Defends Photos.

Byline: S.U. Mahesh Journal Staff Writer

He Says Images Lacked Sexuality

Santa Fe artist Mark Rendleman on Wednesday defended photographs he took of nude children, saying they portray innocent playfulness and some of his artistic visions, all with no sexual overtones.

"I think of a human body differently than a lot of others. To me genitals are part of the body and nothing to be ashamed of," he said, dismissing a prosecutor's contention that some of the photographs were graphic and cross the line of decency.

Rendleman, 48, and his daughter, Tiffany Mia Barbosa, 25, have each been charged with several counts of sexual exploitation of children and criminal sexual contact of a minor for allegedly taking nude pictures and videotapes of three young children. …

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