Photographer Creates Book Documenting Her Naked Walk Through New York (NSFW)


Deli16x24-750x500

There’s been quite a bit of nude performance art around lately. Milo Moire has made an art form out of it (pardon the pun), with performances such as walking to Art Basel naked (see HERE), plopping an egg out of her vagina at Art Cologne (see HERE), and walking around an art exhibition naked while holding a baby (see HERE).

Luxembourg artist Deborah de Robertis also created quite a stir when she re-enacted Gustav Courbet’s painting “The Origin of the World” by revealing her vulva while sitting next to thos painting at Paris’ Musee d’Orsay (see HERE).

Photographer Erica Simone also decided to through her hat into the ring, stripping down to her birthday suit and strutting around New York sans clothes in her latest work Nue York.

According to Erica, this was was to convey the connection between humans and their clothes, and to break down taboos behind nudity:

“The way we dress tells a lot about us: who we want to be in society, who we want to assimilate with, how we want to be perceived, or simply is a way to be creative” Simone explains. “The thought of what life would be like if we didn’t have fashion to express ourselves or to interact with each other was an interesting concept that I felt an urge to convey photographically. I wanted to do it in a humorous and upbeat way and remove the traditional stigma of nudity being erotic.”

A portion of the sales from Nue York and print sales through the gallery will be donated to the charity organisation Beauty For Freedom, to combat human trafficking. Head here to purchase the book or a print.

Airplane11x17-750x500 Begging20x30-750x500 EricaSimone_NueYork_SmallRes-45-750x500 Library24x16-750x500 nueyork_ericasimone_12-750x500 nueyork_ericasimone_14-750x500 nueyork_ericasimone_28-750x500 Papaya20x30-750x500 Ralph16x24-750x500 Snow11x17-750x500 Subway11x17-750x500 taxi_16x24-750x500


20.7k shares

39 Comments

  1. The photography is amateurish at best. But I suppose the point of the project is the connection betwen people and clothes and the taboo of public nudity and not the photos themselves as art. I would be more impressed if the subject was an overweight person that did not fit “society’s” version of beauty, with scars and greasy hair or dirty feet and acne.

  2. Crafting a frame is hard. Stretching canvas over that hand-wrought frame is harder. Coating it with Gesso is even harder. Then, thinking of something to paint on that canvas is REALLY hard. Oh and then, lone needs to develop the brush technique to actually paint it… oh, we give up, and get naked.

    Nice try.

  3. Madonna did it first in 1992 with her Sex book. She went all around Miami doing things like pumping gas and hitchhiking while nude. Original this is not.

  4. The photo that she is shoveling snow, we can see that her butt is zero. The rest it is ok.

    Oh, please do not come here to tell me that this is not relevant, or not nice!
    Oh please, it yes, so why the hell was she is naked and exposed the photos to the public? For people can give an opinion about her body, opinion good ou not, otherwise, she would not expose it to the public.

  5. is it art? sure is. is it appropriate? not to the general masses. but then again controversial art (you know the stuff people remember long after it’s out of style/fashion/trend) rarely is appropriate for the masses.

    1. I’d say somewhere in between. Nudity, as art has demonstrated numerous times, does not necessarily equal pornography, and as she is not performing any sexual acts, I think it fails on that alone. However, I am struggling to see the art in this. It looks like something that anyone could do, with a willing accomplice. It purports to be spontaneous too, whereas much of it clearly staged. It all feels a little gratuitous and pointless to me.

    1. Art is subjective. You should realize, of course, that some of the “art” from the past wasn’t considered “art” at all by the people of the time, but simply the products of craftsmen. It is only later that people considered it “art.”

      1. i recognize your point well. but there is a huge difference in the subject of art as expression of one’s perception with the appropriate amount of mental and physical effort invested, and a public act of nudity. in the last case ‘the art’ is God’s, or if you will ‘Nature’s’ gift. the mere demonstration of this necessity hardly makes it an ‘art’.

  6. Is it just me, or are these photos not very good? Most of the photos suffer from lots of blur, flat colour and iso noise. I get that the photographer may be aiming for a raw, unedited look but in some of these the subject (naked girl) is not even in focus. Does having a trendy mission statement with (a little) shock value somehow override the idea that a photographer should have decent camera equipment and the knowledge of how to properly use it?

    1. content + quality = 100%
      Content = 99%
      Quality = 100 – Content.

      Yo.. young flat missie.. yo’ boobs can only take you so far..

      I wonder.. all young girls think all male/boys are drooling when they see a pair of boobs?
      Is there anything wrong in their family?
      Are them having dady issues?
      TF girls?

    2. With slightly better composition the subway one could be great. The emotions on some of the passengers faces would have made this excellent, but all the interesting ones are blocked, blurred or half out of frame.

    3. She said it herself.. aiming to show a world without fashion.. she never once said anything about a world where every photo taken would need to be taken in high resolution. =P

Join the artFido Newsletter

artFido’s videos and content are viewed more than 2.5 billion times a month. This makes the network the seventh most viewed media company in the online sphere, behind the Walt Disney company in sixth place, and in front of US media giant Comcast in eighth place.*
* Statistics provided by research group Tubular Labs