No doubt, the taking of photographs is an essential part of Spencer Tunick's undertaking, were it alone for the fact that only thus can the event be witnessed by a much larger public.But, even though the C-prints are sold for a cool 4.500 Euro, that does not prevent them from being only interesting from a mere documentary point of view, not as artistic photos.It’s been thirty years since a pair of moccasins and white socks needed only four minutes to change the world of music, dance, fashion, video—almost everything we call modern art.But after that epic Motown 25 performance in 1983 the newborn idol was crying backstage because… Roaring, standing, crying theatre wouldn’t do for approbation.Figures like Mark Roberts specialised on streaking during sport events and became world famous.Equally world famous became Spencer Tunick with still another variant: 'mass streaking' on an up to now unprecedented scale.Spencer Tunick has been warned: initially, when he still worked on a modest scale, he repeatedly had collisions with the authorities and even had to spend some time in jail.
Spencer Tunick likes also to pose as a photographer.
There, clothes remain obligatory, even when the temperature raises to intolerable levels - and that is why the city has become the stage for all kinds of new forms of exhibitionism (see "Uncovered' by Jordan Matter).
As soon as lingerie saw the light of day, many a human creature discovered the thrill of wearing it underneath working apparel or, conversely, of being naked underneath clothes.
It is not difficult to scorn an individual for some 'perversion', but that is no longer possible when hundreds or thousands indulge in the forbidden pleasures.
It suffices to compare with nudism or naturism: when everybody is naked, the nude is bereft of all its titillating allure.
Thus, BBC News quotes University lecturer Fiona Jamieson from Newcastle: ' The photos are of nude people, but there is nothing sexual about it.' And, on occasion of an interview of Spencer Tunick, ' The Telegraph' declares: ' Spencer Tunick's studio walls are plastered with his photographs of naked people, but there is none of the jaunty, dirty feel of the girly calendar you might find on a car mechanic's wall'.