Instagram deleted the account of famed photographer Tom Bianchi without warning on Saturday. Bianchi has produced 21 books of photographs, essays, and poetry and is best known for his male nudes, particularly his photo books chronicling gay life in Fire Island Pines, the popular New York summer getaway.
Asked if the platform had given him any warning, Bianchi responded: “No warning, had an image removed a few months ago due to some visible pubic hair.”
UPDATE: Bianchi’s account has been restored.
Wrote Bianchi to a new post on the platform: “Sorry for the interruption – the powers that be turned the music back on. Please continue dancing. I’m touched deeply by all of you who raised your powerful beautiful voices for my reinstatement here. Thank you”