Undisclosed: Images of the Contemporary Circus Artist

This book is the result of my work with 47 circus artists throughout Europe and North America from 2006 to 2010. The black and white images of the performers, all naked, working on their skills in empty training spaces, are accompanied by an essay by photography writer and gallerist Laura Noble and a foreword by acclaimed circus creator Daniele Finzi Pasca.

Undisclosed was published in 2011 in a limited edition of 1000 copies.

Undisclosed: Images de l'artiste de cirque contemporain

Ce livre est le fruit de la collaboration avec pas moins de 47 artistes de cirque à travers l'Europe et l'Amérique du Nord au cours de 5 ans. Les photographies en noir et blanc de ces artistes, tous nus, exerçant leur art dans des lieux d'entraînement, sont accompagnées d'un essai signé par Laura Noble, auteur et conservatrice, et d'un préface de Daniele Finzi Pasca, metteur en scène de cirque renommé.

Undisclosed est disponible dans une édition limitée de 1 000 exemplaires.

Preview video


A page by page preview video of the book up to page 54 (out of 140).

Une vidéo qui montre les 54 premières pages (sur 140) du livre.

What others have said


"The project shows enormous complexity by combining strength of precision with occasional light touches of deep humanity. There’s meticulous geometry in Nilsson’s photographs, complementing the emotional movement of the individuals. The result is a stunning series exploring the physical boundaries and beauty of the human body, printed with excellent quality on a fine paper."

"I find that Nilsson’s photographs of his subjects are an exotic blend of beauty, strength, grace and sensuality. [...] I perceived this book to be a very elegant object."

"The type of study contained in this book has been done before with dancers, acrobats, and even naked rugby players, but the images here are raw and intimate, rather than polished and staged. It seems as if the acrobats aren't performing for the camera or for an audience at all... they would be doing this even if we were not watching. That, to me, is where art begins."

To read more, check out a selection of reviews and articles about the project.

Pour en savoir plus, consultez la sélection des commentaires et des articles sur le projet.

Book details

Text in English and French
29 x 25 cm / 11.5 x 9.75 in. hardcover
140 pages, 92 black and white photographs
Printed in The Netherlands in duotone offset

Published by Canalside Books, ISBN: 978-09568872-0-7

Détails du livre

Texte en anglais et en français
29 x 25 cm livre relié
140 pages, 92 photographies noir et blanc
Imprimé aux Pays Bas en offset bichromie

Publié par Canalside Books, ISBN: 978-0956887207