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In the 58 images of this handsome, cleanly designed monograph, ...
In the 58 images of this handsome, cleanly designed monograph, Sturges sustains a delicate balance on a very precarious wire. He engages us through the tension of polarities: between public and private, between tact and frankness, between childhood and adolescence, between male and female, between artist and model... His purity of intent shines through in the images; His struggle is to observe and render his subject in all of their complexities, trembling on the cusp of change. The result of this longterm, communal effort is one of the most cleareyed, responsible investigations of puberty and the emergence of sexuality in the medium's history, making a metaphor of the metamorphosis from child to adult."
A.D. Coleman, the New York Observer
Magical in detail, these photographs of the people whom Sturges cherishes most are a collaboration of trust and admiration. Phillips's compelling prose both illuminates the images and explores the unending sensuality and complexity of the bond between mother and child. 60 duotone photographs.