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Hundreds pose nude for Spencer Tunick photoshoot near Dead Sea

A few hundred naked people covered in white paint pose for a group picture taken by Spencer Tunick, outside Arad in southern Israel, October 17, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
A few hundred naked people covered in white paint pose for a group picture taken by Spencer Tunick, outside Arad in southern Israel, October 17, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Hundreds of models wearing only white body paint walk across a stark desert expanse in southern Israel near the Dead Sea, part of the latest photography project of American artist Spencer Tunick.

As for Tunick, dressed, in black, he stands on the roof of a recreational vehicle and issues commands on a megaphone.

“Everyone put your feet together,” he says. “Hands down.”

The 54-year-old photographer is visiting Israel as a guest of the Tourism Ministry to portray for the third time the shrinking Dead Sea via nude subjects.

“For me the body represents beauty and life and love,” says Tunick, who has staged dozens of large-scale nude shoots around the world.

Tunick depicted more than 1,000 nude models a decade ago on the shores of the salty Dead Sea, which is receding at about a meter (yard) a year.

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