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Name  Jock Sturges

Role  Photographer
Fanny (2014) by Jock Sturges, an American photographer.

Education  San Francisco Art Institute, Marlboro College
Books  Misty Dawn: Portrait of, The Last Day of Summer, Radiant Identities, Life ~ time, Jock Sturges: New Wor

Born  1947 (age 74), New York, New York, United States

Similar  Sally Mann, David Hamilton (photographer), Garry Gross

Jock sturges photos of fanny montalivet france over the years

Jock Sturges (; born 1947) is an American photographer, best known for his images of nude adolescents and their families.


Two little girls, a photograph by Jock Sturges.

US photography exhibition in Moscow closes after complaints

Life and work

Sturges was born in 1947 in New York. From 1966 to 1970 he served in the United States Navy as a Russian linguist. He graduated with a BFA in Perceptual Psychology and Photography from Marlboro College and received an MFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute.

His subjects are nude adolescents and their families, primarily taken at communes in Northern California and at the Atlantic-coast naturist resort CHM Montalivet in Montalivet, France. Much of his work features Californian Misty Dawn, whom he shot from when she was a young child until in her twenties.

Sturges primarily works with a large 8x10-inch-format view camera. He has taken some digital photographs but prefers to work with prints.

His work has been the subject of controversy in the United States. In 1990, his San Francisco studio was raided by FBI officers and his equipment seized. A grand jury subsequently declined to bring an indictment against him. In 1998 unsuccessful attempts were made to have his books The Last Day of Summer and Radiant Identities classed as child pornography in the U.S. states of Arkansas and Louisiana.

His photographs appear as cover art on three novels by Jennifer McMahon, Promise Not to Tell, Island of Lost Girls and Dismantled, as well as Karl Ove Knausgård's 1998 debut novel Ute av verden (Out of the World). The band Ride used some of his photographs on different releases, i.e.: the Twisterella and Leave them All Behind EPs.

A naked girl, a photograph by Jock Sturges.

His published collections include

  • The Last Day of Summer (1991, Aperture, NY) ISBN 0-89381-538-1
  • Radiant Identities (1994, Aperture, NY)
  • Evolution of Grace (1994, Gakken, Tokyo)
  • Jock Sturges (1996, Scalo, Zürich)
  • Jock Sturges: New Work, 1996-2000 (2000, Scalo, Zürich)
  • Jock Sturges: Twenty-Five Years (2004, Paul Cava Fine Art, Bala Cynwyd, PA)
  • Jock Sturges: Notes (2004, Aperture, NY)
  • Misty Dawn: Portrait of a Muse (2008, Aperture, NY)
  • Jock Sturges Life Time (2008 Steidl)
  • Jock Sturges Fanny (2014 Steidl)
  • Other noted publications include

  • Montage (Graham Webb International)
  • Standing on Water (1991, Catalogue of Portfolio published by Paul Cava Fine Art, Philadelphia)
  • Jock Sturges Color (Catalogue of Portfolio published by Ataraxia, Bensalem)
  • Line of Beauty and Grace (2007 Amadelio Films). Documentary
  • Limited edition portfolios of original photographs

  • Standing On Water (Paul Cava Fine Art, 1991, boxed portfolio of ten oversized 20x24 inch gelatin silver photographs)
  • Jock Sturges: Twenty-Five Years (Paul Cava Fine Art, 2004, boxed portfolio of ten 11x14 inch gelatin silver photographs)
  • Jock Sturges Platinum Edition of 10 signature platinum photographs (Russell Levin Gallery Monterey California 2007)
  • References

    Jock Sturges Wikipedia