Once upon a time photography was easy. We took pictures of our babies, friends and family, special occasions and places we visited. We may have developed our own images but more than likely we sent them away to a photo lab and we received back our prints and negatives. We kept the images, we had them duped and sent them through the post to our friends, we stored them, we lost them. Family albums frequently turn up in house clearances, junk shops and flea markets, and if you were from an “important” family, perhaps even in an auction house. 

There were occasional privacy scares. One of the best known in the UK was when high profile broadcaster Julia Somerville was arrested in 1995 over allegedly indecent photographs of her seven year old daughter in the bath. Her boyfriend was met by detectives at a branch of Boots the Chemist, who had

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