Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Professor Testifies In Photo Hearing.

Byline: S.U. Mahesh Journal Staff Writer

UNM Curator Says Nudes Not Sexual

An art professor from the University of New Mexico testified Thursday that she believes nude photographs of children taken by Santa Fe artist Mark Rendleman aren't obscene or sexual.

Kathleen Howe said, as Rendleman has claimed in his own defense at a hearing this week, that some of the photos document daily activities of children and others represent potential subject matter for art.

Asked by Rendleman's attorney if the photographs were sexual in nature, Howe said, "They did not strike me as being made for that purpose."

Rendleman, a 48-year-old artist, 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 several years ago. …

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