Photographer Incites Outrage Over Nude Photos Inside Forbidden City

Jun 17, 2015

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

Photographer Incites Outrage Over Nude Photos Inside Forbidden City

Jun 17, 2015

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

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While China typically seems content with simply taking our souls in exchange for feeding our rampant materialism with affordable products, they seem to have picked up a little American prudishness along the way.  Chinese photographer Wang Dong (stop snickering, thou perverts) has sparked a considerable deal of outrage after posting nude photos of models taken inside the Forbidden City.

The images, which surfaced on the Interwebs in May, depict bare-chested and fully naked models posing throughout the palace museum. One model is even pictured riding a stone dragon that is part of the architecture.  (Creativity…what will they think of next?). The 2 corresponding tumblr posts [NSFW] received over 3,100 notes and reblogs.

Once the images hit the web, all Hell seemed to break loose with countless individuals calling the shoot profane and a desecration of the sacred historic site, according to The Mirror.

According to the Palace Museum director, the site has 1,500 security cameras, at least 20 of which captured the shoot.  He claims that footage of those involved, from the time they entered the museum and throughout the shoot, has been turned over to police.

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The funny thing is, none of this made news until the images were posted online and the world became appalled.  According to Mr. Dong, he and the others involved were not disturbing anyone, and nobody could see what they were doing in.  “I was just getting on with my work and did not affect anyone else.”

In fact, no tourists lodged any complaints, so it’s hard to imagine that any decency laws were technically violated.  Even The Mirror, who previously reported on the incident, states, “As no-one complained about his actions it is unlikely that any further action will be taken because it cannot be counted as a public disturbance.

Defending his work, Dong explains that some people simply “do not understand expression” and that nudity in art is no new invention. And while sore are outraged by the fact that he shot nude at this place, some followers are using his tumbler to send an encouraging message (at least according to google translate):

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The fact that Dong has not “disappeared”  is at least an improvement in a country where, in 1990, their Supreme Court ruled that those in possession of pornographic or otherwise sexually-explicit material could face life in prison or execution.  At least America hasn’t gone THAT far off its rocker…yet.

[YBADA via The Mirror]

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19 responses to “Photographer Incites Outrage Over Nude Photos Inside Forbidden City”

  1. Christopher R Field Avatar
    Christopher R Field

    I was wondering why she had the black bars, but then i read “Censored” and then i realized, oh, they are censoring the image! Thank goodness they wrote “Censored” on it or i would have just through she was wearing box-like underwear.
    Gotta say though, the image is fantastic. The model, her skin tone, her position, it all just really works with the background. Excellent work.

    1. Ralph Hightower Avatar
      Ralph Hightower

      Shouldn’t the “Censored” black banner been in Chinese script?

      1. Rick Avatar
        Rick

        It wasn’t censored in China, it was censored at DIYP and I doubt anybody at DIYP speaks Chinese. Following the links provided will get you to his body of work where no bars exist and it is actually a fairly decent, indecent body of work.

  2. Petar Maksimovic Avatar
    Petar Maksimovic

    So why are the images censored here if you are by default standing up with the photographer?

    1. James Pacheco Avatar
      James Pacheco

      I suspect to make the article as “SFW” as possible…

    2. Petar Maksimovic Avatar
      Petar Maksimovic

      So the Boss will come in and say “oh it’s censored go ahead, don’t let me disturb you” lol

    3. Christopher R Field Avatar
      Christopher R Field

      Wow look at that model with the nice boxy black underwear.

    4. Darrin Neuer Avatar
      Darrin Neuer

      Because FB has never suspended anyones account for posting nudity. Nope, never.

    5. Jamie D Leong Avatar
      Jamie D Leong

      Sharing nude photos or photos of a sexual nature is a violation of the Facebook Community Standards.

    6. Petar Maksimovic Avatar
      Petar Maksimovic

      Because she totally has her clothes on now.

  3. Ahmet Avatar
    Ahmet

    Is it me, or did anyone else noticed that almost identical news coming from China or the US are interpreted very very differently?
    Boat sinks: corrupt commies/national tragedy. Corrupt official caught: corrupt commies/brakes and counterweights in action
    So imagine Chinese taking sneaky nudes at an American monument. Would you shout prudish?
    BTW I’ve been to the Forbidden City. NO WAY you can take photos without tourists on the photo AND/OR tourists around you unless you enter closed off areas.

    Nothing wrong with the photos, but this is not the way. China is prudish compared to the west. Cultural differences. Probably the majority in the US never heard about it. I mean the culture.

  4. Rob Reeves Avatar
    Rob Reeves

    When will people learn that being disrespectful is perfectly normal and beautiful?

  5. Demetris C Christodoulides Avatar
    Demetris C Christodoulides

    Guide on how to get known very widely fast (with perhaps a cost afterwards): get some naked booty over at a religiously fanatic country at some forbidden and sacred area, shoot some photos and bam! here you go! ;)

  6. Brian Freeman Avatar
    Brian Freeman

    I’m ceaselessly amazed at how the human body can still be considered as some vile, horrible thing that somehow desecrates anything it comes near.

  7. Justin Suyama Avatar
    Justin Suyama

    Next stop, some sacred mosque in the Middle East. Oh and if you get caught, don’t lose your head.

  8. Thomas Jakob Brablec Avatar
    Thomas Jakob Brablec

    The photos are fantastic, but you should always abide by the rules of the country or city you visit. I just strongly disagree with this “taboo” nature of the naked human body. Doesn’t everyone have one? Is it so explicit that it has to be censored everywhere? It’s not pornography, these are very tasteful nudes. I follow Matt Granger who published his Public Bodies book not long ago and I’m sure that would cause some outrage as well if more people knew of it. There’s nothing bad about being naked, especially with this sort of artist’s tasteful vision and clear goal.

  9. Shawn Lewis Avatar
    Shawn Lewis

    Maybe one should just follow the rules and show some respect. After all, it’s respect for their art which is the goal of most photogs.

  10. Cyiara Mullins Avatar
    Cyiara Mullins

    That’s kind of like photographing or filming porn in the Vatican.

  11. Travis Alex Avatar
    Travis Alex

    Naked girl in front of things. Naked girl in public. Naked girls here, Naked girls there, Naked girls everywhere.

    I don’t think the work is terrible, but am I the only who is unimpressed? That thinks that fine art work has been boiled down to nothing but this?

    I say no more then “Meh, nothing to fuss about”