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Public Bodies is an Art Nude Photography Book shot in public locations around the world. Why should the naked body be kept private?
Public Bodies is an Art Nude Photography Book shot in public locations around the world. Why should the naked body be kept private?
508 backers pledged AU$ 38,764 to help bring this project to life.

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Public Bodies is on its way! If you still want to preorder a copy at a discounted price, visit http://www.mattgranger.com/publicbodies

** UPDATE - ALL copies of the hardcover book will now be signed and dated by Matt.**

I think there is something wrong with our censorship standards, putting nudity in the same category as violence, drugs and anti-social behaviour. So for this sequel to my first book, Private Bodies, we took the nudity to the streets.

Tell me more about Public Bodies

After publishing Private Bodies, I was confronted by the way nudity is categorised. For example I was twice kicked off Facebook for sharing a non-erotic image that showed partial and blurred nipples. This was deemed as offensive, inappropriate and in breach of the Community Standards. At the same time I saw videos hosted on the site of graphic violence, brutal murders, drug abuse etc... and these were not removed.

I felt it was time to move the Private project into the Public.  

#1 - The Louvre*
#1 - The Louvre*

Who are the subjects? 

The subjects of the book are a cross section of society – there were no conditions or requirements to participate other than being committed to the concept. Subjects include people totally comfortable with their bodies, up and coming models, and people who had never posed for a photo shoot – let alone nude. 

The one thing they all share is the belief that nudity in art should not be considered private or offensive.

#2 - Young Lovers*
#2 - Young Lovers*

Can you tell me more about the rewards? 

This project is a labour of love – and I am committed to getting this work out there to honour all of the individuals who participated.  I have created all the usual rewards including copies of the book and electronic downloads as well as some unique rewards. 

I have selected images to be offered as fine art prints - shown on this page, and you have the option to choose your own print from any image included in the book.  

Additionally I have offered opportunities for personal tuition and 1 on 1 training for those passionate about intimate portraiture. 

#3 - Rainy day in Singapore*
#3 - Rainy day in Singapore*

What isn't Public Bodies

While Public Bodies was born from some deep questions I had about nudity, trust and the role of photographers – this is not an academic piece. It is a celebration of beauty and simply moves the art nude photography into public spaces. 

 It is not censored, it is not gratuitous and it is not exploitational. 

#4 - Millennium Bridge*
#4 - Millennium Bridge*

Tell me about the shooting process. 

Whilst this project is about normalising nudity and our view that it should not be something offensive, we still shot in a discrete way. For most shoots I arranged a time and place in advance with the subject, and scoped out particular shots. We then did a full practice run clothed, running through the poses, lighting options and timing it all out. Then we shot quickly, got dressed and left - in most cases without anyone noticing we were there.

The images are intended to be printed and displayed as large photographs, with the environment and subject working together to form the overall piece.

 See above - the new ENHANCED Ebook will provide loads more behind the scenes info.

#5 - Stormwater arches*
#5 - Stormwater arches*

What kind of book will this be? 

Public Bodies is a 235mm x 320mm (9.2x12.6 inch) portrait-oriented, hardcover coffee table book with approximately 200 pages containing a mix of full-color and monochrome photos on high quality paper. The size and stock will match my earlier book, Private Bodies. Most images will be printed full page, or across 2 pages. This Kickstarter covers a 1st edition run of approximately 1000 copies. 

Public Bodies is also be available as an ebook and will contain at least 50 additional pages of images.

NOTE: After the Kickstarter campaign is over, the book will be priced at AUD$80 + postage of $20-$50 internationally.

#6 - Jade Great Wall*
#6 - Jade Great Wall*

How did I get here? 

I live and breathe photography – it is my lifeblood. As a portrait photographer I am fascinated by people and I love interacting with new people. Public Bodies builds upon Private Bodies, and was shot as I travelled the world shooting and teaching photography over the last 2 years. 

#7 - Abandoned rooftop pool*
#7 - Abandoned rooftop pool*

Where is all the money going?

$35,000 is a lot of money. It will cover all the costs involved in the design, the preparation of files, printing and shipping books and making and shipping prints.

Please note that Kickstarter is an ALL or NOTHING approach - if we fall short by $1 the project does not go ahead. But it is fine to go beyond the goal - I will deliver on all rewards listed.

Thank you for taking the time to read this far - please support the project by pledging your support and sharing this page with your friends.

#8 - Saviour*
#8 - Saviour*

 Other images from the book

 

 The music used in the video clip is by Miodrag Marjanov Quintet - used under creative commons licence from Free Music Archive.

Risks and challenges

Having completed Private Bodies in 2013, I have been through the entire process successfully. I am using the same printers, same stock and sizes, so the quality of Public Bodies will match the original. See the first successful project here: http://bit.ly/privatebodies

The shooting is almost complete, the images are safe and ready to go.

There is always a risk of delays and hiccups in the design, printing and delivery processes. To cover these I have obtained at least 2 acceptable quotes for each step, and I have included buffers in my timeline to cover delays at any stage in the project to ensure delivery by May 2015. Worst case scenario would be delays (which I would advise of ASAP) or late delivery of books due to courier delays.

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  • Kickstarter is a bit unusual at first, but it's really straight forward.

    You bid now. You will only be billed IF we reach the goal, and only after the funding period is up. (Your card is not charged when you initially pledge). Then, assuming we hit the target and it is funded, I will deliver the rewards by the date listed.

    However, if we do not reach the target - no one is billed - and the project is not funded.

    There is NO RISK that you will be billed despite the project not going ahead.

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  • Simply put - you choose the reward you want, pledge that amount, then wait. Once the Kickstarter period ends - assuming we pass the goal - you will be charged at that time. (If we fall short - no one is charged).

    Then delivery of the rewards will follow the estimated delivery times listed.

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  • YES! It is my intention to include shots from every single Public Bodies shoot. The exact number of shots will depend on layout and how it all flows - but each person will be included.

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  • ALL HARDCOVER BOOKS will be signed - unless you make a request that I don't sign yours.

    I did not initially list this, and now cannot edit rewards that already have backers - but rest assured that ALL books, including early bird discounts and those in packages WILL be signed.

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    Set of 8 computer desktop wallpapers of the featured images #1 - #8 shown. Will be as formatted jpeg images - set up for widescreen and standard monitors.

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    ENHANED E-Book. This NEW version of the E-Book will have audio and video files embedded with certain images. You will be able to hear the story behind the image, or view a video clip about the shot, to enhance the overall experience.
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    Complete Digital Package. Two E-Books & the wallpapers. A copy of both Public Bodies AND Private Bodies E-Books. NOTE - The Public Bodies ebook contains at least 50 pages of additional images.
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    Learn to shoot nudes! Get a hardcover copy of Public Bodies as well as a Full HD download of my 5.5 hour Intimate Portraiture download series - teaching you everything you need to start making your own beautiful nude images. Video series RRP$99 - mattgranger.com/intimate (Download available in December)

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    Book and full education package. Pick up the Hardcover book, my Intimate Portraiture video series and the Take Control of The Light video download - with bonus ebook and wallpapers! Total value $264 if bought individually

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    A Hardcover copy of the book, the e-book and ANY image from the book printed to 12x18 inches. I will send out the e-book early, you choose the image you want as a print and I will have it made specially and send it out with your signed copy of the book.

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    Jade combo - A Hardcover copy of the book, the e-book and desktop wallpapers, as well as a 16x24 inch print of #6 - Jade Great Wall, signed by Matt and Jade.

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    Learn to shoot nudes with Matt! Get a hardcover copy of Public Bodies and also attend my Intimate Portraiture workshop - anywhere in the world! My 4 hour workshop with professional nude models teaches you everything you need to start making your own beautiful nude images.

    The workshop RRP is $495 - NOTE This is valid anywhere I am already planning a workshop (likely to include Sydney, NYC, Tokyo, Los Vegas, London, San Fran and more) - message for more info.

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    Go big + a Signed Hardcover book! A huge 20x30 inch print of any image from the book, signed by the artist. (Bonus, also includes ebook and wallpapers 1-8)

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    TAKE Control of the Light package - Signed Hardcover copy of the book + enhanced E-book, and a place in a TCOTL weekend workshop anywhere in the world. Upcoming workshops include Sydney, NYC, London & more - see mattgranger.com/workshops for more info - email any questions Workshop is $795 - so you effectively get the book as a bonus!

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    Private Nude Portraiture lesson - you get an exclusive half day Lingerie Photography lesson from Matt with a professional glamour model. (Plus 2 signed copies of the book and the enhanced e-book)

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