The best way to get to know the project is to browse the galleries.
The Nu Project is a series of honest nudes of women from all over the world. The project began in 2005 and has stayed true to the original vision: no professional models, minimal makeup and no glamour. The focus of the project has been and continues to be the subjects and their personalities, spaces, insecurities and quirks.
To date, over 150 women across North and South America have participated in the project. Without their courage, confidence and trust, none of this would have been possible. We are so thankful for their willingness to open their homes to us.
Matt + Katy
Matt began shooting in 2005 but didn’t fully realize the form the project was taking until Katy became project editor and encouraged him to show more light-hearted images. Once we started working together, Matt began to shoot where the participants are most comfortable–in their homes–which also allows for greater variety of expressions and emotion in the work.
This is the most common question we get. We would love the project to be more diverse! The project is 100% volunteer, and Matt does not see the women until he shows up at their door. We’re doing our best to encourage all types of women, but we need volunteers of all backgrounds and walks of life to make the project more complete. Since our shoots in NYC in September of 2013 we’ve seen a great increase in the amount of diversity amongst our volunteers. We hope this trend continues!
We have set the minimum age of our participants at 21 because we want the experience of being a Nu Project model to be a positive one for us and the participant. At the age of 18 sometimes people make decisions that, later in life, they wish they hadn’t. Also, we’re not comfortable working with women that young.
This is the second most common question we get. While we understand there is a lot of pressure on men to look a certain way, we believe that women are judged more harshly by appearance, and that’s why we’ve focused this project on women (and occasionally their male partners). We hope that there are other photographers out there who want to take on documenting men and address the body image pressure they feel.
We will if there’s enough interest! Part of the way we decide where we’re going to travel each year is by the number of participation requests we receive from a given area. The best way to make sure we visit you is to sign up to participate and spread the word to encourage your friends to do the same.
Our personal philosophy is that the equipment doesn’t make or break the shoot, but we use a 5D III and 16-35mm 2.8 L, 50mm 1.2 L and the 85mm 1.2 L.
Absolutely we have, and continue to work with women at all stages of life (after age 21). We know the timing can be difficult but if an un-model indicates she is pregnant on the sign-up form we do our best to do the shoot before she gives birth!
If you’d like to know more there’s a pretty good chance someone asked the question during our first Ask Me Anything on Reddit. Take a look at the discussion and if you can’t find an answer to your question, ask it below and we’ll respond ASAP. Thank you for your interest in The Nu Project!