His little helper, David Marr, on a book promotion trail, has perhaps told too much.
At Blair's all the info and all the links. If you have trouble with using Blair's, here's some links:
Marr wrote this piece, trying to defend Henson (and promoting his new book on the Henson case).
The search for models has been a big part of his life for 30 years. Since the 1980s, most of his shows have fitted a pattern of faces and bodies interspersed with landscapes and buildings.Telegraph item with more links.
Most of his models come from his own world. "Sometimes it's a friend, or the kids of a friend, or a friend of a friend. Sometimes it can be a friend of a relative.
Sometimes you are walking down the street or you are in a restaurant and you see someone. There is this face. All you can do is give them a card and say: 'Look, just Google me, and I'd be very interested in photographing your daughter or son.' "
Henson was having trouble finding the models he needed for the Sydney exhibition due to open in May. Friends introduced him to the principal of a Melbourne primary school. This wasn't, by any means, the first time he had been invited into schools in his search for models.
"I went in there, had a look around at lunchtime, just wandered around while everyone was having their lunch. I saw this boy, and I saw a girl too, actually, and I thought they would be great and the principal said, 'Fine, I will give the parents a ring and let you know.' So the ball is always in their court. The girl's parents went, 'Oh no, we don't think it's for us' and the boy's parents said, 'Yes, sure.' So that was that. That is how I started working with him." more
In the book, Henson says he takes photographs only with the "willing participation and full control" of the family.So tell me, how do paedophiles and other unsavoury characters get at children if children have this sense of danger and unsavoury characters?
The child then makes the final decision. He also points out that children have an ability to detect unsavoury people. "Kids can smell a rat, you know, and we just don't give them credit for it.
"If there is a dodgy teacher in the school, kids will know about it ... It's all part of the way in which they are naturally equipped to be resilient. Babies are tough."
It's well worth a read, starting at Blair's, to show how naive people can be.