It is said about photography that if the image isn’t good enough, you’re not close enough—and not necessarily just in terms of physical proximity. In fact, sometimes the more explicit an image is, the more emotionally distant. That’s why only some of the 20 photographers W asked to depict what intimacy means to them in one photo ahead of Valentine’s Day feature nudity (or even physical touch). Elinor Carucci, the photographer whose close-up kiss memorably illustrated the short story “Cat Person” in the New Yorker for example, chose to capture a different kind of moment in the bedroom: one with her son, Eden, in a moment of curiosity. Not all confined themselves to relationships between persons, either: Adam Pape and Charlie Engman chose to focus on the bonds between humans and their pets. From Engman’s experience with “the public bastardization of private intimacy” to Steven Klein‘s toned-down take on his signature sensuality, take a look at the spectrum of ways that intimacy can manifest, here.