Spencer Tunick’s subjects will have to put their clothes back on—for now. The photographer, known for his mass nude photoshoots, was barred from snapping more than 10,000 volunteers on a rooftop parking lot after the Australian supermarket chain that owns the building pulled the plug on the project.
A spokeswoman for the supermarket chain Woolworths said the photoshoot may discourage some customers from shopping at the supermarket. “The request for the photo was for the weekend, which is the busiest time of the week for shopping in our stores,” she told the BBC.
In response, Tunick started a petition to convince Woolworths to reconsider its decision.
The photographer insisted the picture was scheduled to take place in the early hours before the store opens to the public. And he pointed out that no one would have been able to identify the supermarket in the work. “There’s no signage that says it’s Woolworths,” the photographer said. “It’s just a place where the good denizens of Melbourne will gather to make a community-oriented artwork that is naked but not a crime.” Read more