Editor’s note: I so love this article. Definitely read the whole thing. One thing I really appreciate about this, again, is the artist as woman and her gaze. Read more
For 20 years now, New York-based photographer Spencer Tunick has been creating human art installations all over the world, calling together volunteers by the hundreds or thousands, asking them to remove their clothes, and photographing them in massive groups. His philosophy is that “individuals en masse, without their clothing, grouped together, metamorphose into a new shape.” He aims to create an architecture of flesh, where the masses of human bodies blend with the landscape, or juxtapose with architecture. Collected here are images from several of his installations as they were being composed. Warning: The following photos all depict naked human bodies, and are not screened out. The nudity is central to Tunick’s art. [33 photos]
My first social nudity experience occurred when I was 19 years old. I was contacted by a woman who worked as a nude figure model. She viewed some of the amateur model photographs on my Myspace page and ask if I was interested in modeling nude. Of course, I was hesitant at first. Growing up, I was very shy and insecure about my body image. However, I always enjoyed being photographed.