Naked Affection

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Naked Affection

blog_mcginley1.jpgThe latest video from Icelandic band Sigur Rós shows a group of scruffy young people cavorting naked around the countryside. For fans of contemporary photography, the risqué scenes might seem like something Ryan McGinley (who shot Kate Moss for W last June) would dream up, and it’s no coincidence: The art world darling, a friend of the band’s lead singer, Jónsi Birgisson, rounded up a group of past subjects to star in the video for the song “Gobbledigook” and discussed his vision for the project with directors Siggi Kinski and Stefan Arni before shooting. The resulting images–filmed over one day last month in a remote corner of Long Island–tread familiar McGinley territory: there’s a lot of jumping, dancing and swimming, all in the buff. While McGinley wasn’t behind the lens, Kinski says he helped capture the song’s joyous, frenetic quality. “For us that’s the best way to work,” says Kinski. “Spontaneous and alive and constantly changing.” McGinley’s involvement with Sigur Rós doesn’t end there, either: he also supplied the artwork for the band’s new album, out June 24.