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Polish prosecutor: Photographing topless model at Jewish cemetery not illegal

(JTA) — The photographer who conducted a shoot with a topless model at the Jewish cemetery in Checiny did not break the law, a Polish prosecutor said.

The city prosecutor in Kielce decided this week that Polish photographer Lukasz Szczygielski at his August shoot did not intend to insult the religious sensibilities of the Jewish community and that his main objective was art, TVN 24 reported.

At the time, Szczygielski explained that he wanted to draw attention to the neglected cemetery in the southern Poland town.

The model posed against the headstones naked from the waist up, with a necklace bearing a large cross hanging between her breasts.

Szczygielski apologized on local television in August after he was told that the photo shoot was offensive.

The Checiny Jewish cemetery, which dates to the 17th century, has approximately 150 tombstones.

 

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