Naked States (2000)
Photographer Spencer Tunick travels the U.S. in search of volunteers to pose nude for his outlaw photo-shoots, all of them done out in public and often without legal permits. This documentray chronicles Tunick's logistic nightmares, his brushes with the law, and the free-spirit-volunteers who discard their inhibitions for his artistic vision, and their own personal concepts of self-gratification
- Director Arlene Donnelly introduces Spencer Tunick in her HBO documentary in 1999 as he is organizing a group of models to stage an unannounced photo shoot in Times Square in New York City. We are plopped down into the middle of the scene just as the artist is prepping his models and working with his producers to make his shoot quick and focused to enable him to capture all the shots he wants. At the planned moment Tunick gives the word and twenty men and women of various ages disrobe and run onto Seventh Avenue and 45th Street and drop to the pavement for a group photo. The result we are shown is a striking image of contrasting human bodies against the hard lines and angles of the city structure.