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Naked photo shoot in Mexico City, again

January 19, 2009 |  5:04 pm

Spencer Tunick, the U.S. photographer famed for shooting photos of naked people en masse in public places, returned to Mexico City over the weekend to do his thing again.

The last time the photographer worked in Mexico, he photographed an estimated 20,000 people naked in the city's Zocalo, or grand central plaza, in May 2007.

This time around, Tunick opted for more intimate portraits of people posed naked around the streets of Mexico City and spent the weekend and yesterday snapping 40 subjects (men and women) in locations as diverse as newsstands, a water truck and the Latin America Tower in the historic center of the city.

Supported by National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the project was apparently inspired by the collection of works by Andrés Blaisten (a 20th century Mexican artist) presented in the Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco.

Tunick said that he feels safer working in Mexico City than he does in the United States, according to local media.

"I feel more secure here in Mexico because I couldn't do this project in Texas, where I've been imprisoned," he said to El Universal.

Tunick returns to the United States this morning.

You can see pictures of his latest trip on El Universal here, and his 2007 project in Mexico City's Zocalo here.

-- Deborah Bonello in Mexico City

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