Elliott Erwitt Nudists on Ile du Levant, France
Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1968 Print Date 1968
Dimensions 13-1/2 x 19-1/2 in. (343 x 495 mm)
Photo Country France
Photographer Country United States (USA)
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
Photographer's signature and annotations, and New York Cultural Center Society of Magazine Photographers label on the reverse. Rare vintage exhibition print.
Ile du Levant, sometimes referred to as Le Levant, is a Mediterranean French island off the coast of the Riviera, near Toulon. In 1931, Gaston and André Durville, both doctors, established Héliopolis, Europe's first village dedicated to naturism, on the island. There are a number of hotels and bed-and-breakfasts, and seven restaurants--all catering to naturists. The Bain de Diane and the Plage des Grottes (a nude beach) are reserved for naturists; nudity is formally obligatory there. Being nude is allowed (and expected) everywhere on the public area of the island, except in the immediate vicinity of the harbor and on the village square.
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