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Spencer Tunick returning to Dead Sea for photo shoot—with clothed models

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September 13, 2012 | 4:46 pm

Photographer Spencer Tunick, who is known for his shots of nudes modeling in masses, is returning to Israel's Dead Sea for another shoot -- with clothed models.

Tunick will photograph a floating event on Friday that is aimed at raising awareness of the Dead Sea's shrinking shores.

The event is sponsored by Save Our Sea, a group of activists suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis who rely on the Dead Sea waters and mud for treatment and relief, according to Bloomberg News.

More than 1,000 Israelis modeled nude for a photo installation by Tunick at the Dead Sea in a session a year ago. The volunteers modeled in the sea, on the shore and covered in Dead Sea mud.

"I am happy to return to the Dead Sea one year after the series of photographs I took in this unique location," he said in a statement. "The Dead Sea deserves rehabilitation and protection both on the local and the international levels. I call on everyone, local and international activists, to join us to create a critical mass of citizens of the world who are concerned over the deterioration of this natural wonder."

Tunick also is in Israel to receive the Green Globe Award given by Life and Environment, Israel's umbrella organization for its environmental groups.

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