tunick snaps record nudes in mexico city

Posted on May 6, 2007


Reuters photo

And Spencer Tunick has done it, thanks to the overwhelming response of Mexicans.

Close to 20,000 people showed up from 3.30am this morning to take part in Mr Tunick’s photo shoot of nudes in the historical and political heart of Mexico city, the Zocalo. This broke his previous record of photographing the largest number of naked people in one sitting, with 7,000 in Barcelona in 2003.


Reuters photo

Set against the majestic Palacio National (Presidential offices), people of all shapes and stripes – tall, short, fat, skinny, dark-skinned, light-skinned – posed on the ground, crouched in fetal position and stood up to salute the Mexican flag, displaying the beauty and diversity of the human body, as Mr Tunick and his assistants snapped away from surrounding balconies and a crane. (Now if only fashion could take a page from this and skinny supermodels, bless their souls, be relegated to the dustbins of history…)

El Universal photo

Roads around and leading to the Zocalo were closed, while hundreds of policemen were called in to ensure public safety and order. There were reports of incidents where some participants harassed others, such as taking pictures of them surreptitiously. Women were particularly targeted, according to the local media

An elated Mr Turnick told a news conference that it was “a moment for the Mexican art scene! I think all eyes are looking south from the United Sates to Mexico City to see how a country can be free and treat the naked body as art. Not as pornography or as a crime, but with happiness and caring.”

And it was all over before 8.30 am, so that Sunday Mass attendees won’t get a rude shock when they go to the Metropolitan Cathedral right next to the Zocalo.


AP photo

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