During the pre-dawn hours of June 2nd, photographer Spencer Tunick
, in collaboration with the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), will stage a photograph aimed at challenging Instagram and Facebook’s bans on artistic nudity in photography. A part of a project called “We The Nipple
,” the photo will feature 100 nude models and will be meticulously crafted to follow nudity policies on the platform. Yesterday, the NCAC announced that several prominent male artists and creators—from Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith to artist Andres Serrano
—have “donated” their nipples to the cause.
To the dismay of both up-and-coming and established photographers who frequently shoot nudes, Instagram currently bans all artistic nudity in photography (with the exception of nude photos of the backside, taken from a distance) despite allowing nudity in painting and sculpture. Included in Instagram’s classification of “nude” is the much debated female-presenting nipple—a rule the #WeTheNipple movement hopes to change.