The photographers who captured the unforgettable 2017 Body Issue pictures discuss what it's like to work with nude athletes and how the shoots come together.
Making Of The Body Issue
"I've photographed a thousand different athletes in my life. Of course, every one of them had clothes on." - Walter Iooss, photographed Isaiah Thomas
Outside the Lines
by Behind the scenes photos by Eric Lutzens for ESPN
Year-round for the past 10 years, photo editors in Bristol have dedicated themselves to creating something unique and powerful, to showcase the bodies and personalities of the best athletes in the world.
In 2017, 16 athletes were photographed. It took 352 crew members on set to pull it off. The photo shoots spanned the entire country and required months of preparation.
From lighting to set design, locations to logistics, there are so many variables in making The Body Issue. Here are the things you didn't know about the photos we look forward to every year and the ones we certainly will never forget.