Jock Sturges  (American, 1947) 

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Jock Sturges (American, b.1947) is best known for his intimate, arresting photographs, often of nude adolescent girls erotically posed in nature. Born in New York City, Sturges studied at Marlboro College in Vermont, and later received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. In his luminous, detailed photographs, Sturges captures images of young women and their families at nude beaches in France and California. His photographs portray his subjects with a self-awareness of their developing adult identity and sexuality. Sturges makes it a point, however, to stress the trusting, personal relationship between himself, his subject, and his subject’s family as essential to his work.

He has photographed some subjects over a series of decades, tracing their growth into adults, as well as created images of families spanning several generations. Sturges has attracted a significant amount of controversy over his works, which some deem as crossing a boundary in using children in his erotic imagery, but he continually receives public support against such criticisms. Sturges has published several books of his photographs, and his work is in the collections of the Phildelphia Museum of Art, the International Center of Photography and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Denver Museum of Art, the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Museum Ludwig in Berlin, and the Musée de la Louvière in Brussels. He currently resides in Seattle, WA.

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Jock Sturges, Untitled

 

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Hamburg Kennedy Photographs
Jock Sturges, Untitled

 

Jock Sturges
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Hamburg Kennedy Photographs
Jock Sturges, Untitled

 

Jock Sturges
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Hamburg Kennedy Photographs
Jock Sturges, Marine Clermont Ferrand, France

 

Jock Sturges
Marine Clermont Ferrand, France
1989

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Jock Sturges, Fanny et Maia, Montalivet, France

 

Jock Sturges
Fanny et Maia, Montalivet, France
2000

Michael Lisi Fine Art
Jock Sturges, Untitled

 

Jock Sturges
Untitled
Hamburg Kennedy Photographs
Jock Sturges, Eva; Le Porge, France

 

Jock Sturges
Eva; Le Porge, France
2003

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Jock Sturges, Flore et Fredeìrique, Montalivet, France

 

Jock Sturges
Flore et Fredeìrique, Montalivet, France
1989

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Jock Sturges, Lotte, la RivieÌre Dronne, Les Peintures, France

 

Jock Sturges
Lotte, la RivieÌre Dronne, Les Peintures, France
1989

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Jock Sturges, Misty Dawn and Jeremy, Northern California

 

Jock Sturges
Misty Dawn and Jeremy, Northern California, 1998
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Jock Sturges, Christina

 

Jock Sturges
Christina
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1947   Born in New York, NY
1966 - 1970   U.S. Navy. Russian Interpreter and photographer.
1968 - 1970   Instructor of photography, special services facility, Yokohama, Japan
1970 - 1974   Began photography program and taught all levels of undergraduate photography at Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT
1972 - 1974   Commercial portrait and marine photographer, Newport, RI
1974   BFA. Magna cum Laude. Perceptual Photography. Marlboro College, Marlboro, Vermont.
1973 - 1975   Instructor of photography, Brattleboro Community College, Brattleboro, VT
1976 - 1977   Business manager and printer (working with the negatives of Paul Strand, Eugene Atget, Walker Evans, Gary Winogrand, etc. with Richard Benson at the Fisher Press, Newport, RI
1977 - 1978   Instructor of advanced photography, Anyart Gallery, Providence, RI
1985   MFA Photography. San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California.
1979 - now   Fine art photographer working in California, Washington, Ireland, The Netherlands, and on the Atlantic coast of France. Workshop instructor. Lecturer on aesthetics and the First Amendment. Commercial free-lance photographer specializing in fashion and classical dance. Contributing editor to various photography magazines. Private photography instructor.
2008   Presumed Innocence: Photographic Perspectives of Children, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
2006   The Age of Innocent, Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery, Dallas, TX
2004   The Patrick deBrock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium
Louis Meisel Gallery, New York
The Walter Storms Gallery, Dueseldorf, Germany
The Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
A Gallery for Fine Photography, New Orleans, LA
Il Tempo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery, Dallas, TX
2003   Act 2 Gallery, Paris, France
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
Camera Obscura Gallery, Denver, CO (sched.)
Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery, Dallas, Texas (sched)
Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
Il Tempo Gallery, Tokyo
The Etherton Gallery, Tuscon, AZ
The Etherton Gallery, Tuscon, AZ
The Meisel Gallery, NY, NY
2002   Il Tempo gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Walter Storm Gallery, München, Germany
Momus Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Fahey/Klein Gallery. LA
Camera Work Gallery, Berlin (sched.)
Butters Gallery, Portland, Oregon
2001   Louis Meisel Gallery, NY
Scalo Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland
Scalo Gallery, NY
Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery, Dallas, TX
Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto
Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
Stepping Stone Gallery, Long Island, NY
Stepping Stone Gallery, Long Island, NY
Il Tempo Gallery, Tokyo
Photo Eye Gallery, New Mexico
Van Cel Gallery, Miami, FL
2000   Robert Klein Gallery, Boston MA
Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
Paul Kopeikin Gallery, LA, CA
Il Tempo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Robert Koch Gallery, SF, CA
Dorothy DePauw Gallery, Brussels, Belgium (sched)
A Gallery for Fine Photography, New Orleans, LA
Camera Obscura Gallery, Denver, CO
1999   Benham Gallery, Seattle, WA
Camera Obscura Gallery, Denver, CO
David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI
Gallerie Bodo Niemann, Berlin Germany
Photo Eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
Mauritz Gallery, Columbus, OH
1998   Galerie DePauw, Brussels, Belgium
Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, MA
Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, Canada
J. Magdison Gallery, Aspen, CO
Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Lallak & Tom, Chicago, IL
Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Photo Eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France
Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
Il Tempo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY
Galerie Farbre, Vienna, Austria
1997   Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY
Scalo Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
A Gallery for Fine Photography, New Orleans, LA
Ogilvy and Mather, New York, NY
Benham Gallery, Seattle, WA
Benham Gallery, Seattle, WA
Photo Center Gallery, Seattle, WA
1996   Bodo Niemann Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Vision Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Camera Obscura Gallery, Denver, CO
Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
Frankfurt Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt, Germany
Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, Germany
Photo Eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Il Tempo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1995   Kunsthaus Fischinger, Stuttgart, Germany
Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Photo Eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Robert Klein Gallery, Miami, FL
Vision Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Kunsthaus Fischinger, Stuttgart, Germany
Robert Klein Gallery, Miami, FL
Vision Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1994   Studio Parade Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
A Gallery for Fine Photography, New Orleans, LA
Jan Kesner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY
Vision Gallery, San Francisco, CA Berlin, Germany
The Prinz Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
Bodo Niemann Gallery
Vision North, San Francisco, CA
Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
Steltman Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1993   Roger Ramsay Gallery, Chicago, IL
Silver Image Gallery, Seattle, WA
Camera Obscura Gallery, Denver, CO
Klein-OK Harris Gallery, Birmingham, MI
Zeit Foto Salon, Tokyo, Japan
Photo Eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
Il Tempo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1992   Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY
Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
Il Tempo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Zeit Foto Salon, Tokyo, Japan
Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Paul Cava Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Paul Cava Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, MA
Alpha Cubic Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Vision Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Steltman Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1991   Camera Obscura Gallery, Denver, CO
Paul Cava Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, MA
Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
1990   Vision Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, MA
Paul Cava Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Roger Ramsay Gallery, Chicago, IL
1989   Gallery Artotheque, Montpellier, France
Paul Cava Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1987   Stephen Johnides Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1983   Maelstrom Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1982   MOMING Gallery, Chicago, IL
1981   Hera Women’s Gallery, Wakefield, RI
Capricorn Asunder Gallery (S.F. Art Commission)
1978   Anyart Gallery, Providence, RI
Nikon Gallery, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
2008    Misty Dawn: Portrait of a Muse, by Jock Sturges, Aperture (October 1, 2008)
Jock Sturges: Life Time by Jock Sturges, Steidl International Photography; illustrated edition edition (November 1, 2008)
2005    Radiant Identities, by Jock Sturges, Aperture (June 15, 2005)
The Last Day of Summer: Photographs by Jock Sturges, by Jock Sturges, Aperture (June 15, 2005)
Jock Sturges: Notes, by Jock Sturges, Aperture (June 15, 2005)
2004    Jock Sturges: Twenty-Five Years, by Jock Sturges, Paul Cava Fine Art (October 1, 2004)