Israelis get naked for Tunick's Dead Sea photo

More than 1,200 unclothed Israelis flooded the Dead Sea at the weekend in the name of art.

After more than a year of work, Spencer Tunick finally achieved his dream of photographing an installation at the lowest point on earth.

The Jewish artist, whose father is Israeli, has photographed scenes at landmark locations including the Swiss Alps.

He took three photographs in Israel, with scenes in the salty water, on the shore and one where his models – of all ages - were covered in the enriching Dead Sea mud.

The artist, 44, said he wanted to expose a part of Israel that had not been seen before and also highlight "the deteriorating situation of the Dead Sea", where the waters are rapidly receding.

The photo shoot went as planned although, being Israel, the day ran about an hour behind schedule.

Last updated: 8:58am, September 19 2011