Sydney Opera House
Spencer Tunick's human art installations puts Photoshop to shame. For the past 20 years, the NY-based photographer arranges and shoots thousands of naked volunteers in public spaces at a time, a process that takes months of preparation and has gotten him arrested five times.
Tunick's installations have also had a tremendous positive impact on the subjects' body images. They frequently express the profound feeling of complete liberation after a shoot. Click through to learn more about how Tunick helps his subjects feel more comfortable with themselves in this environment.
Mexico City's Historic Center
"I think being nude in a group is a grand equalizer. I think it makes you feel better about yourself and your connection to the Earth and other people," said the photographer in an interview with Peta Pixel.
Barcelona's Supreme Court
Parque Forestal in Chile
She continued, "Honestly, I felt less self-conscious about my size than I do wearing clothes! It was amazing. Spencer referred to the project as an installation — not just a photograph — and now I understand why."
Read her full post here.
Downtown Caracas, Venezuela
Melbourne's Yarra River
Click here to read an account of posing for Tunick.
Downtown Cleveland, OH
Tunick on nudity around the world: "For my group works, it's really difficult to get people naked in Germany and in Switzerland. It's very difficult to get people naked in London and all parts of England. But it's not difficult to get people naked in Australia, Latin America and South America."
Central Terminal Buffalo, NY
"It really depends country to country. It's a lot of work. In some European countries, even though you think Europeans are used to going to the beach naked and sunbathing, the act of participating in an artwork is sometimes a totally different mindset. I haven't done one in the United States in some time. It will be interesting to see if I did work in a major city, what the turnout would be."
Melbourne's Botanic Garden
"The Spencer Tunick experience has made me appreciate the variety and beauty of the body and what's possible if we all trust each other," said Lucy Peel, who posed for Tunick in Dublin. "We can all be at our most vunerable, but still be capable of helping and protecting each other."
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