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Posted on May 5, 2007


Photographer Spencer Tunick – known for photographing masses of people naked in public places around the world – is hoping to set a new record, with the help of Mexicans.

The magic number Mr Tunick is hoping to capture is 7,001 for his shoot early this Sunday morning at Mexico City’s historic downtown square, the Zocalo. It has long been the political and ceremonial heart of the city, with demonstrations and rallies usually staged there.

Mr Tunick’s last record was 7,000 volunteers in Barcelona in 2003.

It looks like Mr Tunick has a good chance of smashing that record. Surprisingly, members of this usually conservative city are signing up in droves. That has set the local media abuzz. Talk shows debate the shoot’s location – in front of the city’s iconic Metropolitan Cathedral, while local newspapers have been featuring it on their front pages.

First photographing nudes in New York in 1992, Mr Tunick moved on to projects around the world in cities like Buenos Aires, London, Melbourne and São Paulo. He has been featured in HBO documentaries and was arrested a least fives times while working in New York.

This time he has obtained the right permits, along with the mayor of Mexico City’s blessings.


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But it looks like some Mexicans have already gotten a head start over Mr Tunick. This group of farmers from Veracruz, calling themselves the 400 Pueblos, bared all at the city’s main avenue yesterday in protest for more government aid.

Want to take part in the Spencer Turnick event? Sign up here.

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