The latest collection by the controversial photographer Jock Sturges, who was cleared of pornography charges by the U.S. government. Black-and-white images capture the form of adolescent bodies and the closeness of mothers and daughters, primarily at nude beaches in France and California. An introduction and afterward comment on the process of photographing young people and the place of Sturges' work in modern photography.
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About the Author
Jock Sturges received a B.A. in Perceptual Psychology and Photography from Marlboro College in Vermont and an M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute. He has exhibited widely in the United States as well as in France and Japan. His photographs are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris.
Elizabeth Beverly’s ethnographic fieldwork focuses on women’s culture among the Madinko of rural Senegal. Her articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in Ethos, Soundings, and Commonweal. Her play, Kindred Minds, was performed in 1993 in Portland, Oregon.
A.D. Coleman is the author of The Grotesque in Photography, Light Readings, and the collections of essays Depth of Field and Critical Focus. He was the first photo critic for the New York Times, authoring 120 articles in his tenure.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Before reading this review or this book, please be aware that it contains many consensual nude images of male and female children in family settings. This book would not be able to get an 'R' rating if it were a motion picture. If such things are offensive, read no further. Jock Sturges is creating a time-lapse view of a handful of familes. This book is the second in the series, following the superb work called The Last Day of Summer. In this book, most of those who posed for the photographs were asked to describe the experience. Here are a few quotes from what they said: 'We are not naked for the pictures, we are naked for the summer, and because we are alive.' 'We are in the places we love, and Jock comes and joins us for a while.' 'This I enjoy.' 'In these pictures, we're Jock's people.' 'Jock is the artist and we're his collaborators. Each year we get to help make art.' The images are done with a large format camera and reproduced in gelatin silver prints. The models often help set up the equipment and suggest scenes to shoot. Mr. Sturges takes photographs each year, and publishes them. From these images, you can see the subtle changes in the person, how their relations grow with siblings, friends and parents, and the inner core of the person that is unchanging. His subjects are people who regularly practice naturism in Europe and the United States. So he is capturing them as they would normally be. Taken outdoors usually, the images can acquire an almost lyrical quality. One image in this book deserves special mention. I think it is the best I have seen of Mr. Sturges's work. The image is of Alisa, Christina, Misty Dawn, and Teresa in Northern California in 1993. It shows the young women lolling on misty rocks just above the boiling ocean looking ever so much like self-absorbed versions of the mythical sirens, but with the ease and comfort of sunning sea lions. It is an extraordinary vision of natural joy. Here are many of my favorites from this remarkable volume: Unless otherwise noted, you should assume that these were shot in Montalivet, France. Francois 1992; Raphaelle 1993; Bettina 1993; Marine et Maia 1991; Raphaelle, Celine, Alysha et Danielle 1993; Marine 1993; Tamara 1993; Arianne et Sa Mere 1989; Francois et Adrian 1993; Danielle 1991
this nothing more than art, and good art at that, those that dont see it that way were taught that there body was bad we should teach our children, and i have two girls that they should not be ashamed.
It takes maybe ten seconds of looking at any Jock Sturges picture to realize that this is indeed art in the highest order. The pictures are intensely crisp and clear. It is obvious that Sturges is a master in his field. Here are some interesting facts about this book: at least a third of the people in this book are clothed. Plus, at least half of the nude people in the book are past the age where it might be assumed that they were 'taken advantage of' by being photographed in this manner. I believe that a pornographic image is an image of an indiscriminate person doing things that would make you highly uncomfortable if you knew them. I don't know what is pornographic about simply being naked. Also, the long-term studies of the same models pull you into their lives, and their development. They are not just random faces to broadcast your own dark desires onto, they become as people you have known your whole life. It is a deeply moving experience to view these pictures. I ask that you honestly and open-mindedly look at these pictures before you decide to hate them.
This is nothing more than Child Pornography! Completely degrading young innocent girls! As a mother of young girls, I am shocked that some can call this 'art'!