“Individuals en masse, without their clothing, grouped together, metamorphose into a new shape.” (– Spencer Tunick)
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. He asks them to remove their clothes, in order to photograph them in massive groups. And they do.
His aim is an architecture of flesh where a great number of human bodies blends with the landscape, or juxtaposes with urban structures.
Warning: Since the nudity is central to Tunick’s art, the following photos are not screened out all depict naked human bodies.
Although Spencer Tunick admits he is not the best photographer in the world, his monumental pictures made him famous and easily recognized around the world.
This year, Tunick’s exhibition «Safety in Numbers» came to Moscow to stay through January 2015.
Muscovites won’t see all the images appearing in this post. The exhibit is small (10 photographs and 2 videos), free and controversial. Opinions vary from “Thousand naked asses? And this is art?” and “WTF!” to glowing laudation, more in tune with the critical acclaim Tunick’s art and his creative process enjoys around the world.
” […] a large number of naked, defenseless people reflects the place of modern man in the modern world. Miserable Homo Sapiens, freezing, weeping, his nakedness in full view, feels very lonely, very stressed and very vulnerable. On the other hand, surrounded by creatures such as himself, lost in their numbers, he ceases to be a meaningful unit.
“Not very optimistic in essence, Spencer Tunick’s ideas are embodied in bright, colorful, impeccably beautiful photographs of enormous proportions.
“[…] Leaving the exhibit, one is overcome by dual feelings: afterglow one feels having embraced beauty and, at the same time, discomfort, perhaps, for the state of affairs that is the object of his art.” (Snatches of a review, imprecisely translated from Russian.)
Personally, what amazes me most in Mr. Tunick’s creative process, is how he managed, time after time, to entice tens of hundreds people in different countries to come together, strip naked en masse and be directed to strike poses for a photographer, however talented and for however progressive ideas… Would you volunteer?