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Text°°° FRÉDÉRIC REIN The bodies are naked. They intertwine and connect with each other, at times standing, at times lying down, even kneeling. They candidly offer themselves to the photo lens, in all their variety. When the tunic is removed, Spencer Tunick gets down to work. The 43-year-old New Yorker has certainly created an exceptional body of work, in which the voluntary participants lose their individualism, becoming elements in a fleeting, flesh-coloured geometric pattern, captured by the camera as a witness to this moment of creation. With his “human constructions”, organised all over the world, Spencer Tunick is unrivalled in his capacity to persuade people to shed their clothes. In 2003 he brought

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The New York artist uses naked volunteers to create human landscapes. His work, now admired all over the world, was not always so popular. Arresting images indeed…

g Hundreds of people posing naked on Aletsch glacier for a photo shoot near Bettmeralp, Switzerland, on Saturday 18 August 2007. f Over 5000 people posing naked on the steps of Sydney Opera House, Australia, 1 March 2010.

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together 3,000 volunteers in Barcelona, then smashed his own record in 2007 when 18,000 people filled a square in Mexico city’s historic centre. In the same year, working with Greenpeace, he shot 600 nudists on the Aletsch glacier in Switzerland, in order to draw attention to ice depletion as a result of global warming. He continued his collaboration with the ecological group in 2009, when 700 participants took part in a photo shoot in the vineyards of southern Burgundy. Since 2005, he has completed 3 to 5 “installations” per year. In 2010, he has captured 5,200 nudes in front of Sydney Opera House and 4,000 in an English park, and his most recent happening was held in August at the Aurillac International Street Theatre and Arts Festival in France. But things were not always so simple. He took his first photos of nudes in the streets of New York in 1992, and so began a difficult relationship with the US authorities. During the 1990s, Spencer Tunick was even imprisoned on several occasions for daring to display images of public nudity. Notoriety is always useful of course, and his time in jail is today the stuff of legend. Nowadays, everyone wants him to come to their town. And while his human landscapes may continue to be seen by some as provocative or voyeuristic, they are all imbued with a genuine sense of humanity. Want to take part? Register at www.spencertunick.com.

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N° 32 – Autumn 2010  

30 ° degrees, the Swiss magazine of sports and recreation, 10 years of reporting, news, interviews, in 3 languages ​​F / D / E, also avaliab...

N° 32 – Autumn 2010  

30 ° degrees, the Swiss magazine of sports and recreation, 10 years of reporting, news, interviews, in 3 languages ​​F / D / E, also avaliab...

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