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Nude photo shoot takes place in the Dead Sea

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More than 1,000 floating nude Israelis pose for U.S. art photographer Spencer Tunick's first Middle East shoot on September 17, 2011. The location, in the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth, which experts warn could dry out by 2050 unless urgent steps are taken to halt its demise. For Tunick, a Jewish American who has arranged naked human bodies over prominent landscapes and landmarks ranging from a Swiss glacier to the Sydney Opera House, a nude installation is an indicator of a host country's openness.

 According to the AP:

About 1,000 Israelis have bared it all in a mass nude photo shoot at the Dead Sea.

The volunteers stripped down Saturday for photographer Spencer Tunick, who has gained fame for his nude group photos in public spaces around the world.

Tunick chose the Dead Sea for his latest project to deliver an environmental message highlighting the plight of the world's lowest and saltiest body of water. The fabled salty lake is dropping nearly 4 feet a year.

Website of the artist, Spencer Tunick.

More on the Dead Sea photo shoot from Discovery News, and from Ha'aretz.