Editor's Note: In 1999, Judge Sonia Sotomayor ended a controversial nude photo shoot of 100 people in New York arranged by artist Stanley Tunick.
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/05/26/art.spencertunick.jpg caption="A 2007 Tunick installation in Mexico City."]
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/05/26/art.spencertunick2.jpg caption="A 2006 Tunick installation at the Caracas Museum of Contemporary Art in Venezuela."]
According to The New York Times, the city had argued that Mr. Tunick's plan should be stopped because he would be attracting a large number of nude models to a residential area. The ruling superseded an earlier decision from the United States District Court in Manhattan, which ruled in favor of the artist, finding that artistic nude photography is a form of expression protected by the First Amendment as well by state law.
Lawyers for the city, however, said the presence of 100 nude people would infringe on neighborhood residents' right to privacy. The 2nd circuit ruled in favor of the City.
But the ruling also had political implications for then Mayor Rudy Giuliani. See more on the case here.
So why was the nude photo shoot so controversial? Take a look for yourself. See more of the artist's installations here.
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