Spencer Tunick (Middletown, Orange County (New York), January 1, 1967) is a controversial American photographer of Jewish origin whose specialty is photographing masses of nude people in an artistic arrangement. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Emerson College in 1988 and has toured Europe and America in pursuit of his performance art.
he is best known for his photographs of large masses of nude people arranged in artistic formations often situated in urban locations and known as Installations. From these images a series of tensions arise for the observer between the concepts of: the public and the private, the tolerated and the prohibited, the moral and the immoral or the individual and the collective.
Tunick began in 1992 photographing naked people on the streets of New York. Photos of him quickly became popular and he decided to expand his work to other states in North America, in his project called Naked States. Later he made an international tour, which he called Nude Adrift (Naked in Drift) taking photographs in cities such as: Buenos Aires, Bruges, London, Lyon, Melbourne, Montreal, Caracas, Santiago, Mexico, São Paulo, Newcastle, Bogotá or Vienna. He was arrested in 1994 with a female model when she was posing nude at the Rockefeller Center in Manhattan (New York) . In June 2003, he came to photograph 7,000 naked people in Barcelona. In May 2007, in Mexico City, he broke his own record by bringing together nearly 19,000 participants in the Plaza de la Constitución (Zócalo) who stripped naked without prejudice. His models are volunteers who only receive a signed photo for his collaboration. </ P>
In many of the places where Tunick has done his art project, a debate has arisen as to whether these installations are really art or not. Various groups describe these acts as mere social demonstrations, in support of freedom of expression. In Chile, for example, he photographed some 5,000 naked people in the heart of Santiago de Chile at ambient temperatures below 6ºC. The self-righteous debate around the photographer's work lasted almost 4 months.
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