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Photographer asks Australians to get nude for a mass video chat shoot

by Nadia Fitzmaurice (2023-11-02)

A New York photographer famous for shooting mass crowds in the nude is now calling on Australians to strip off for his latest project amid coronavirus isolation.

With people around the world urged to stay indoors amid the COVID-19 spread, photographer Spencer Tunick has been capturing people in the nude at home over video chat. 

Rehearsals are already under way for the project Stay Together Apart which will see 100 people from all over the world all in the nude posing for a group photo. 

New York photographer Spencer Tunick is asking Australians to strip off for his nude photoshoot of isolation taken over video chat

Lee Smyth, 29, a lingerie manager, is one of dozens of Australians already signed up for the photoshoot.

'It will be a really beautiful way to capture what is a very unusual time that we are all living through,' Ms Smyth told Perth Now.

It won't be Ms Smyth's first time posing for Tunick after she joined 549 others for a mass photoshoot on Chapel Street in Melbourne in 2018.





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Shots from Tunick's Zoom project which began at the end of April has already been shared on his social media.

The shoots either have nine or 25 people of all ages, which Tunick directs into various poses during the 20-minute call.

The models were even encouraged to wear face masks and came from all over the world including France, Mexico, Malaysia, Lebanon and Denmark.

Tunick said the idea came about after being stuck at home during isolation.

Tunick (pictured) has taken a mass nude photo every year for 25 years and had a shot planned for Brisbane Airport but it was cancelled due to coronavirus

'I hope people take off their clothes and make their own with their own friends. I hope this continues and doesn't start and stop with me,' he told Esquire. 

'It's really great to have platonic intimacy on video chat.'

Up to 100 volunteers will be involved and Tunick said many are health care staff. 

'I've been getting so much love from Australia that I felt like connecting,' Tunick told AAP.

'Anyone above the age of 18, all body shapes, all races. COVID-19 impacts all of us and I want my artwork to be representative of this unique moment in time.