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Jock Sturges: Notes [Hardcover]

By Jock Sturges (Photographer)
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Over the past decade, Jock Sturges has produced an incomparable body of work that revels in the beauty of the human form and celebrates the naturist spirit. Jock Sturges: Notes gives fans of his unforgettable images a glimpse behind the scenes of his working process, opening up his studio and notes to the viewer for the very first time. A selection of preparatory studies, shot as Polaroids, accompanies the finished works included here-offering visual testimony to the complex process and inspiration that underlies each of the gorgeous images his audience has come to love and admire. Jock Sturges's other published collections include The Last Day of Summer (Aperture, 1991) and Radiant Identities (Aperture, 1994).

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Pages   95
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.05" Width: 9.25" Height: 10.25"
Weight:   1.7 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 15, 2004
Publisher   Aperture
ISBN  1931788472  
ISBN13  9781931788472  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jock Sturges received a BA in Perceptual Psychology and Photography from Marlboro College, and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. His published collections include The Last Day of Summer (Aperture, 1991), Radiant Identities (Aperture, 1994), Jock Sturges (1996), and Jock Sturges: New Work, 1997-2000 (2000).

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This review is going to be............  Mar 8, 2008
....about my own credo of America, and of the First Amendment. My online purchase of this is analagous to the story of a Yale professor I read about a few years ago...having no interest in guns, or hunting, he still believes in the Second Amendment; he bought a cheap shotgun, fired it once, and set it aside. That makes him a gun owner, "one of us". I haven't read this book; it is shelved in a small section of one of my cases that contains books that some folks believe we should not have the right to own..."Mein Kampf"...the Reconstruction Trilogy of Thomas Dixon..."British Israel" by Adam Rutherford. As you see by that short list, I tolerate coercion from neither the right, nor the left. The five stars are for the obvious care in the manufacture of this book, and for Mr. Sturges' self evident great skill, as shown by the cover photo.

Several years ago, Jock Sturges got a lot of free advertising when Dr. James Dobson condemned him, and various people sued, and vandelized, bookstores for selling his work. Vandelism by Christians is obscene. James Dobson, and Randall Terry, may not TELL you what to read; they may try to influence you [they are Americans, too], but that is far different. The implications of Luke 20:25 work both ways; it IS a two-edged sword.

Now, the government may, indeed, limit what you can own, and read. Numerous courts have held that. Classified material. Military, and Intelligence, operations have American lives on the line. Child pornography....ah, there's Mr. Sturges' problem. Is his work "child pornography"? Well, a number of courts have held that it is not. Vox populi, vox Dei. In America, that ends the discussion, as far as the law is concerned.

James Madison gave us freedom of the press. Thank God for it. Do some abuse it? Sure. But, over the long run, our system works. Do you think Jock Sturges publishes pornography? Well, if you think so, then, for you, it is pornography. [Romans 14:14] And, you have every right not to read it, and to try to convince others not to, as long as you do so in a peaceful manner. But, when our courts of law have spoken, that ends the "telling". We have a great country; in Islamic countries, don't even think of owning this; in Germany, most folks can't own "Mein Kampf" [I could, as those with the proper academic degrees are exempt]. In America, you may, within broad limits, own, and read anything. Don't let anyone deny you that right.
Great photography, strange feeling of...  Sep 13, 2007
Great photography, but the photographers fascination with underage girls and boys gives me a strange feeling or participating in something illicit.
Natural Humans  May 13, 2007
As a photographer of interesting and often beautiful women, I found Jock Sturges' work both exciting and intriguing. I live in Europe but even in this social climate, the free intimacy Sturges invokes with his subjects is worth the efforts to understand this book. I would say that he evokes a natural intimacy that is usually absent from photography or the nudes shot by most photographers miss the wholesome quality evident in Sturges' images. The people are neither ashamed nor proud of their bodies...they inhabit them. I applaud his work and I will study this photos for years to come.
getting to know Jock Better  Feb 4, 2007
I am very pleased with the works of Jock Sturges. He takes us on a behind the scene tour of those that he takes pictures of. You will discover the close knit group of friends that come together to share in everyday life. He does a great job of capturing his subjects on film and his works are well worth your time. All subjects are in their natural settings and don't look fake like David Hamilton's!! Many of his subjects have known him for years and have a good relationship with Jock. Get them while they are hot!!!
Not the Definitive Jock Sturges.  Mar 6, 2006
The true beauty and power of Jock Sturges' work is not found in this, or any other book yet published. I have been a fan of Sturges for many years but only recently did I visit an art gallery to view Jock's full sized limited edition prints. It was a revelation. The size, detail and contrast of the 16 by 22 prints made the reproductions seen in his books look small and flat.

But what surprised me even more is that Jock's most profound and complex work is not found in any of his books or on the net. A case in point is a print I saw at the art gallery of two young twin brothers titled, "Julien et Antoine, Montalivet, France 2004". In "Notes" we meet the same boys but always in completely innocent poses. They play on a neighbor's swing set or sip fruit juice under the watchful eyes of their parents. Their nudity is so natural that it passes almost unnoticed.

But in the 2004 image we see them with out their parents and in the bedroom of Jock's bungalow. Antoine is seated on the bed while Julien stands before the bed almost definitely gazing into the eyes of the viewer. The boy's arms are crossed over his chest perhaps for protection but, like his brother, he makes no attempt to hide his exposed genitals. From his expression we see that he is aware of his beauty and emerging sexuality. That knowledge gives the boy a degree of power over us, the viewers. Every detail of his stunning body is exposed to us and yet the look on his face is without shame or fear. "Are your thoughs pure or lustful?" he seems to ask. This boy knows that if there is any indecency the fault lies not with him, or his brother, but with us, the viewers. He is nude but he is not obscene, lewd or nasty. This boy is no longer entirely innocent and yet he contains no evil. The dynamics of this image are so profound and poignant that I consider it to be the definitive Jock Sturges. It is what Jock will be remembered for a hundred years from now.

Brilliant as they are the photographs in "Notes" fall short when compared to "Julien et Antoine, Montalivet, France 2004". At $1000.00 I couldn't resist buying it. But like the previous owner of Carravaggio's "Amor Victorios 1603" I don't have the nerve to display it in my home. It's not that I consider the print wicked, it isn't, it's just that it's a bit ahead of it's time.

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