Spencer Tunick’s Melbourne nude photos released in vivid colour after chilly photoshoot
“Melbourne 1, 2018” was taken in a supermarket carpark on a Wintry morning in July. (Supplied: Spencer Tunick)
The 860 Melbournians who stripped off in the name of art for a nude photoshoot during the heart of Melbourne’s winter earlier this year will today see the works they took part in.
- Four images from Spencer Tunick’s Melbourne photoshoots have been released today
- Tunick is known for photographing elaborately-posed crowds of nude people in public settings
- Melbourne’s 860 participants will all receive limited edition prints today by way of thanks
The naked men and women joined a series of photoshoots in July by internationally-renowned photographer Spencer Tunick.
The final four selected images taken during the “Return of the Nude” photoshoots are being released today, and participants will receive limited edition prints at a gathering in Artist Lane, Prahran in Melbourne’s inner south-east.
A virtual reality video and mobile app ‘Chapel Street’ showing the staging of the photographs will also be released.
The company initially said it was concerned about the impact on its customers at a weekend, but a compromise was reached when organisers rescheduled the shoot for a Monday morning.
The photoshoot went ahead in streets around the busy retail strip, Chapel Street, with participants describing it as a “beautiful, respectful” experience.
Melbourne reminiscent of New York: Tunick
Naked participants draped in pink took over Greville Street, Prahran for “Melbourne 2, 2018”.
(Supplied: Spencer Tunick)
Tunick, who currently lives in New York’s Lower Hudson Valley, will not be in Melbourne for the release.
But in the past, he has praised Melbourne and the photoshoot participants who braved the wintry conditions.
“Chapel Street reminds me of the East Village in New York, Sunset Strip in LA, and San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury, but all combined into one juggernaut,” he said.
“I think people from Melbourne are a little braver because of their willingness to pose no matter the weather. I get a sense of resilience and risk taking.”
Tunick said in a statement that he was bringing his art back to a “city full of fond memories.”
Spencer Tunick has produced more than 120 nude group installations in more than 30 countries.
The photographer is well known for his elaborately-posed installations of crowds of nude figures in public settings.
Spencer Tunick used Melbourne artist David Bromley’s studio for one of his photoshoots. (Supplied: Spencer Tunick)
Art as an ‘inclusive experience’
Tunick frequently gathers hundreds and sometimes thousands of participants, and has said his artistic vision is a celebration of the live human body as an art object in public space.
He says his work seeks to “remove the human body from celebrity perfection and the commodification of it through social media”, with his photoshoots including a diverse cross-section of people from various age groups and ethnic backgrounds.
Naked participants wore coloured body paint for “Melbourne 4, 2018.” (Supplied: Spencer Tunick)
“My work has long brought out the common themes of community, individual identity, and the challenges of making the arts an inclusive experience rather than an exclusive experience.
“Working within the Chapel Street Precinct provides an amazing opportunity to let the citizens of Melbourne become the artist themselves.”
I believe these final images have captured an extraordinary moment in the timeline of Melbourne,” the photographer said in a statement.
Tunick’s photoshoots around the world
Tunick has previously photographed over 5,000 nude Sydneysiders on the steps of the Sydney Opera House in 2010. (AAP: Dean Lewins)
Tunick also photographed volunteers at San Sebastian’s Zurriola beach in Spain in 2006. (Reuters: Pablo Sanchez)
Around 2,000 naked volunteers posed in the Europarking building in Amsterdam in 2007. (Reuters: Koen van Weel)
In Germany, Tunick directed models to pose in front of old paintings at Dusseldorf’s Museum Kunstpalast in 2006. (Reuters: Ina Fassbender)
The Kursaal auditorium in the Spanish city of San Sebastian featured in another of Tunick’s photos in 2006. (Reuters: Pablo Sanchez)