Flashlights needed to see flesh in photo exhibit

Flashlights needed to see flesh in photo exhibit
Photographer Henry holding a sign for his exhibit in this detail from the show's poster.
An exhibition of photos taken by Neuchâtel photographer Pierre-William Henry shows women baring all — but visitors need torches to see the flesh.

The lights are turned off for the unusual “25 secondes” art show at the former factory in Cortaillod in the canton of Neuchâtel.

Visitors are given flash lights so they can examine the large photos of naked women.

“I wanted to reproduce the conditions in which the photos were taken,” Henry is quoted as saying by Le Matin online.

The photographer snapped intimate images of around 60 Russian and Belarusian women in their apartments in the dark, equipped with just a torch for light.

“We are like thieves who invade the privacy of people and discover secret things,” Olga, one of the models, said after seeing her photo in a preview of the exhibition, Le Matin reported.

The nudity of the models is only a pretext to upend social codes, she said.

“For a woman to be naked it’s having total liberty,” Olga said.

“She can finally be who she wants without projecting an image with her clothes.”

The model added that visitors are “guests” who look in on where the women live “without judgment”.

The exhibition of photos “to be discovered at night” starts on Friday night at 7 pm at the Moderna former factory in Cortaillod, near the city of Neuchâtel, and runs until May 4th.

A round table discussion involving some of the models is planned on Sunday at 5pm at the Neuchâtel city hall.

For more information check photographer Henry's website.

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