Naked City: Cops Bust Nude Model at Met Photo Shoot

Model was posing for photographer Zach Hyman

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    Police arrested a woman at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for stripping naked in the middle of the Arms and Armour exhibit. (Published Wednesday, Aug 26, 2009)

    Police arrested a woman at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for stripping naked in the middle of the Arms and Armour exhibit.

    The model was posing  yesterday for photographer Zach Hyman who has gained recent notoriety for his photos of nude models posing at New York landmarks, snapping shots of naked New Yorkers (all volunteers) from Times Square to Chinatown for his portrait series.

    Busted for Nude Art at the Met

    [NY] Busted for Nude Art at the Met
    Cops bust nude model at Met during Zach Hyman shoot (Published Wednesday, Aug 26, 2009)

    Hyman gives himself just 30 seconds to take 10 shots of nude models with his Hasselblad 500 C/M film camera and conducts his shoots in all natural light. The pictures typically can sell for anywhere from $2,000 to $9,500.

    The 30 seconds wasn't enough time as police busted up the shoot -- an event, which was captured exclusively by a camera rolling for NBCNewYork.

    Naked Art at the Met

    [NY] Naked Art at the Met
    Check out the full raw version of the naked photoshoot at the Metropolitan Museum (Published Thursday, Aug 27, 2009)

    The model, KC Neill, 26, was charged with public lewdness.

    Earlier this week, Hyman said his photo shoots require more precautions than most. Wary of arrest, he keeps bail money handy, takes along a lookout for police and keeps his lawyer on speed dial. Up until today he's never had to use the bail money.

    It was on his mind during his last shoot in Times Square.

    "I was wholly prepared to be arrested, but somehow managed to walk away with the image and no cuffs," Hyman said of that shoot.   

    Hyman -- who says he's inspired by Helmut Newton, David LaChapelle, and Guy Bourdin -- wasn't that lucky this time.  Sometime you have to suffer for your heart.
       
    Get more information on Hyman's Web site.     

    Jennifer Millman contributed to this article.