Jock Sturges: New Work, 1996-2000
Zurich: Scalo, 2000. Small folio. (14 1/4 x 12 3/4 inches). First edition, 112pp. 79 duotone and 8 four-color plates.
Publisher's cloth. Fine copy.
A book of photographs by the once-controversial portrait photographer, Jock Sturges, shot from 1996-2000.
Building on his first monograph, Jock Sturges presents a new body of work that strikes the same chords of beauty and evolution found in his earlier images. With his background in perceptual psychology, Jock Sturges aims to reach the heart of his subjects; his color and black-and-white photographs capture people in their full beauty, individuality, and dignity. In his celebrated work, this book's work included, he focuses primarily on portraits of nude adolescents and their families. The artist is known for developing deep bonds of trust, friendship, and collaboration with his subjects, many of whom he has photographed for decades, chronicling their growth from childhood into adulthood. "I don't exist without my models, without the people in my pictures," Sturges once said, "even my best photograph of them is nevertheless the palest imitation of the miraculous soul that is the real person." His works are held in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Denver Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.