On a brisk spring day in the late 1980s, Nicole Wisniak was directing a photo shoot with the photographer Max Vadukul by the fountain of the Paris Observatory. Vadukul wanted one of the models to jump into the water. “It’s too cold, no way,” she protested. Wisniak, fully clothed, threw herself under the powerful water jets. “Now you can do it,” she said. The model had no choice.
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