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Nude in Public: A Photographic Survey [NSFW]

If an army of fully stripped people galloped down our street right now, we’d probably think, “Oh, that Spencer Tunick is at it again!” So what does it take to liven up this photography genre? Contemporary photography like Miru Kim’s nude jaunts has become iconic, but how many nighttime rooftops and decaying buildings does a girl have to climb to make a statement?

The newest photographer to join these ranks is Erica Simone whose series Nue York at Damon Dash’s New York City gallery opens next month. Let’s take a survey of the contemporary risk takers whose work toes the line between exhibitionism and fine art and how they evolve and stand out. Grab a jacket. It might get a little nippy.

Erica Simone shovels in Snowed on 4th Street. Her self-shot Nue York series — which never got her arrested, thanks to speed and guts — also features the photographer jogging on the West Side Highway, getting a haircut at a Little Italy barber shop, and browsing books in the NYU library. All nude. All casual. Except for the remote shutter operated camera. And the nudity.

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