Tunick was born in the United States in Middletown, Orange County, New York.
He is best known for his installations that feature large numbers of nude people posed in artistic formations.
These installations are often situated in urban locations throughout the world, although he has also done some "Beyond The City" woodland and beach installations and still does individuals and small groups occasionally. Tunick is the subject of three HBO documentaries, Naked States, Naked World, and Positively Naked. His models are unpaid volunteers who receive a limited edition photo as compensation.
In 1992, Tunick began documenting live nudes in public locations in New York through video and photographs. His early works from this period focus more on a single nude individual or on small groups of nudes. These works are much more intimate images than the massive installations for which he is now known. By 1994 Tunick had organized and photographed over 65 temporary site related installations in the United States and abroad. Since then, he has taken his celebration of the nude form internationally, and has taken photos in cities that include Byron Bay, Cork, Dublin, Bruges, Buenos Aires, Buffalo, Lisbon, London, Lyon, Melbourne, Montreal, Rome, San Sebastián, São Paulo, Caracas, Newcastle/Gateshead, Vienna, Düsseldorf, Helsinki, Santiago, Mexico City, Sydney and Amsterdam. In August 1997, Tunick photographed a large group of nudes at The Great Went, a festival hosted by Phish in Limestone, Maine.
New York photographer Spencer Tunick, best known for staging photos with hundreds, often thousands of naked people in public settings, is planning his largest photo shoot ever this Sunday, May 6th in Mexico City (English translation). It will feature and estimated 6,000-9,000 naked Mexicans and take place in The ZÃ³calo, Mexico City’s famous city square, which once was the center of the Aztec Empire.
Breaking his previous record, Spencer Tunick shot photos of over 18,000 naked people all in one place today at hismassive nude photo shoot at The ZÃ³calo in Mexico City. Milenio has coverage of it (in Spanish), including a bunch of photos and Carlos Garcia has some great photos on Flickr.
Spencer Tunik Photographs 18,000 Nudes in Mexico City
Big Chill Spencer Tunick
Aletsch Glacier, Switzerland
Greenpeace: Creative Criminal- Aletsch Glacier, Switzerland