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1989Europe • SpainJoan Fontcuberta and Pere Formiguera publish Fauna.
1990North America • USAAllen Ginsberg publishes Allen Ginsberg Photographs
Allen Ginsberg Photographs 
Allen Ginsberg; & Robert Frank (Designer)
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1990North America • USAAn exhibition of photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe at the Cincinnati Art Museum is closed down when the work is accused of being obscene. Although the Museum is cleared there is a shift towards censorship in the arts.
1991North America • USALothar Baumgarten publishes Carbon
Carbon/Book With Insert 
Lothar Baumgarten
1992North America • USAKodak releases the Photo-CD, it is the first popular method of storing digital images that is available to the public.
1992North America • USAThe JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) image compression standard for digital images is published in IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics. As it is non-proprietary and has a high compression rate it becomes the preferred means for transmitting photographic images over the Internet. (February 1992)
1994Europe • GermanyChristian Boltanski publishes Menschlich.
1994North America • USATime magazine is critised for placing a digitally altered photograph of O.J. Simpson on the front cover.
1994North America • USAJock Sturges publishes nude photographs of children in his book Radiant Identities (Aperture) - the book creates considerable controversy with opinions divided between those arguing for freedom of expression whilst others argue that it is child pornography. 
Radiant Identities 
Jock Sturges
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1995North America • USARichard Prince publishes Adult Comedy Action Drama.
1996North America • USADavid LaChapelle publishes LaChapelle Land
Lachapelle Land: Photographs 
David Lachapelle (Photographer); & Sandy Arrowsmith (Editor)
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