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Naked States is a visual American odyssey that brings
- Spencer Tunick Photo Gallery and Biography
- Filmmaker Biography
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It was also great to be able to listen to the actual participants of these events and get their reactions to the whole experience and how liberating it was to pose nude for Mr. Tunick. It was especially touching listening to the poor lady who had been physically attacked 6 months prior to the photo shoot and how posing nude for Mr. Tunick was therapeutic to her and helped her to regain a positive self image of herself.
I also have to give Mr. Tunick a medal for his courage to ask people to pose for him at a biker convention. This part of the film was an excellent documentation as to how people have such pre-conceived notions of the nude human body and the negativety he experienced until he became better known.
I hope that Mr. Tunick decides to do a photo shoot in my neck of the woods soon as I would love to be able to pose for him. By the way, he has a official website where you can provide your email address and sign up to be informed of upcoming photoshoots and maybe pose as well.
Definitely I recommend this DVD. I hope the sequel "Naked World" is released in DVD format as well soon. I would love to see the one about the shoot in which there were 7,000 partipants. It must have been an amazing experience to behold.
The result is, indeed, captivating. Tunick manages to take public nudity, an almost completely taboo subject, and make it accessible to a wide audience. This is no peep show for sexual gratification: it would be a waste of money and time, and devalue one of the most worthwhile aspects of the documentary and Tunick's work: the human body is beautiful, and fascinating, and both works manage to make the body something to be considered, and viewed as art, rather than something to be ashamed of, and run from. That said, if you or your viewing partners are easily embarassed by nudity, proceed with caution, as nearly every scene contains it.
One interesting difficulty encountered in reviewing a 'docudrama' such as this is whether to focus on the documentary, or the underlying subject matter. I'm mostly writing about Spencer Tunick's work, i.e., the subject matter, but it's worth noting that the documentary quality is high, maintains the viewer's attention, and doesn't rely too heavily on the 'shocking' nature of the subject matter to surprise, but rather presents it in an even-handed way, and allows the viewer to go along for the ride.
Other, minor, notes/gripes: the brief interviews with Tunick's girlfriend, who seems to comfort some (many?) of the females who are solicited to have their pictures taken nude, were too brief.Read more ›
models for the next day. He encounters a pleasant woman named Teri
and she appears willing to pose but displays a slight hesitancy saying
she'll think about it and will let him know when he calls her later that
night. She then sits at a table with a male and female friend. The male
questions why she would consider posing nude. He says, "Aren't you afraid
that he might, like, take the photos and sell them to some, like, Asian porn rings?"
That remark and viewpoint, either flippant or well-considered, typify a
large percentage of the American public. A sad comment on not being able
to see a human body as something we all have without equating it to the
word "porn". A little later in South Dakota at the Sturgis bike rally Mr.
Tunick is cursed at and insulted by a man after his female friend is
politely asked by Spencer to pose nude.
This documentary captures the ending of twentieth century America with a
photographer and his crew traveling across the United States photographing
at least one nude person in each state. Not all of the states are shown but
Mr. Tunick did work in each state on his odyssey. When the cross-country
project begins he is relatively unknown and at the end of the documentary
where he has an art gallery show about a year after his travels ended he is
more widely known to the public thanks to the exhibition and the notice of
The film opens with his arrest in Times Square while photographing a
large group of nude citizens in the street. His attorney, Ron Kuby, states
that he has to go to trial rather than just plead guilty or pay a fine. This is
important.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have always been a fan of Spencer Tunick's work. His plan to travel to the 48 continental states and photograph at least one subject in each state was very interesting and to hear... Read morePublished 15 months ago by GARY BLANKENSHIP
It was a good movie and not dirty at all. It showed a beautiful side of being naked. I would recommend it to others who appreciate art.Published on February 1, 2014 by Fred
I really enjoyed watching this documentary - it was well done and quite funny in parts. Lots of interesting behind the scenes bits.Published on September 21, 2011 by Jenn
I bought this because my wife remembered seeing this and recommended I get it. If you're into the nude body as an art form, this might be your cup of tea, but to me seeing all... Read morePublished on April 15, 2011 by D. Nakao
I had previously seen Spencer Tunick's "Naked World" and thought it interesting so I purchased this film. Read morePublished on February 23, 2011 by Sipsie
This is one of the most intriguing and fun documentaries I've seen in a while. This guy's art is amazing. Plain and simple. Read morePublished on May 7, 2010 by K
Spencer Tunick set out to photograph naked people in all 50 states, and completed his mission in five months. Read morePublished on April 23, 2008 by Foster Corbin
I purchased both this DVD and Naked World after participating in a Spencer Tunick photo shoot in Miami Beach,FL this past Oct. 2007. Read morePublished on January 12, 2008 by Michelle D. Rauscher
There are moments of undeniable beauty and grace in witnessing some of the transformative tales of those who freely posed nude for photographer Spencer Tunick during his five-month... Read morePublished on August 30, 2007 by Spotless Mind