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Jock Sturges/ Jock Sturges

United States 1947

Photography, Fine Art

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Jock Sturges
Jock Sturges
Male
United States
1947

Developing a strong connection and deep bonds of confidence with his subjects, Jock Struge’s photographs represents a unique story about family and maturing through the lens of Perceptual Psychologist. His photographs emit the outstanding sensitivity for composition and light which makes him one of the most important fine art photographers of our time. His open nature and quest for truth and serenity made him a convenient target for American conservatives. Focusing primarily on young girls and their families, capturing the moments of their leisure in naturist resorts in California and France, his oeuvre became a subject of numerous controversies. This highly acclaimed photographer, that collaborates with 25 galleries in 9 countries all around the world, have had his house raided in 1990, by no one else but the FBI. On many occasions, American photographer Jock Sturges was accused of misusing the children in his works, especially girls. However, he was never officially accused of anything and has continued to create his images of nude adolescents and their families.

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Jock Sturges – Fanny et Maia, Montalivet in France, 2000

Mastering the Perceptual Psychology and the Art of Photography

Jock Sturges was born in 1947, in New York City. He received a BFA in Perceptual Psychology and photography from the Marlboro College in Vermont and attended the San Francisco Art Institute, where he obtained his MFA in photography. After graduating in 1985, he stayed and worked in San Francisco for many years. In the artistic world, Jock has been known for his intimate images depicting nude adolescent girls, often posing in nature or with their families. Beaches and naturist resorts of Northern California and France are favorite locations for this artist.

As the subject of his images was usually a young girl at the very beginning of her sexuality, Jock felt obligated to help in developing an adult identity and self-awareness, by creating a bond of trust and friendship between himself, the subject, and the subject’s family. As the artist said himself, New York-born artist has photographed so many of these subjects anthropologically, from their childhood to adulthood that the history simply bears out the art. He is working for a long time with the same families, and his favorite shots are exactly with the people he knows well. All the art in his works retains in the subjects.

Misty Dawn grew up in front of Jock’s lens

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Jock Sturges – Misty Dawn, Zürich in Switzerland, 1997

Beauty of Misty Dawn: Portrait of a Muse

Jock even followed and immortalized a growing up of his favorite Muse, Misty Dawn whom he shot since she was just a child until she reached her twenties. On his luminous photographs, Sturges left a trace of her growth into the adult, depicting her life in a period of 25 years. In 2008, Jock published a book of photographs titled Misty Dawn: Portrait of a Muse where the 100 photographs are arranged in a chronological order – the first one dates from when Misty was only 4 years old. The majority of photos was taken in Northern California or Montalivet in France, and all of them range from completely clothed to the ones where she wears absolutely nothing! Some of Misty’s photos were published in Jock’s Radiant Identities photo book.

The majority of the photos by the NY-born artist was taken in Northern California or France

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Jock Struges – Fanny Montalivet, France, 1996

Personal and Professional attack: The FBI Raid in 1990

Even though Sturge’s photographs radiate a certain erotic quality, raising more than few controversies, his oeuvre could be interpreted as a detailed exploration of the human body and its female form. It was his detail exploration that brought on a significant amount of controversy that surrounded his oeuvre during the time. The right-wing Christian political factions were furious over the nudity in his images – they claimed that he certainly crossed the boundary in using children in the erotic context. In 1990, Jock Sturges was visited by the FBI who raided his house, seizing his entire equipment! However, no indictment was made against him and Jock received a great amount of support, by the public and his colleagues. A few more attempts of sabotaging his work were made, like the case when his opponents demanded that his books are classed as a child pornography in the Alabama and Tennessee.

A significant amount of controversy surrounded his art during the time

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Jock Struges – The Last Day of Summer, 1989

Sturge’s Photo Books

Despite their endeavor, Sturges continued to work and publish several books on his works like The Last Day of Summer (1991, Aperture, NY), 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: Notes (2004, Aperture, NY), Misty Dawn: Portrait of a Muse (2008, Aperture, NY) and Jock Sturges Life Time (2008 Steidl). Some of Jock’s images can be found in many public and private collections, such as Philadelphia Museum of Art, the International Center of Photography, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Museum Ludwig in Berlin, and the Musée de la Louvière in Brussels, among others. His rich body of work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows throughout the world. One of the peculiarities of this artist is his consistency in using a large 8×10-inch-format view camera, even though he has taken some digital photographs Jock still prefers to work with prints.

Jock Sturges currently lives and works in Seattle, Washington.

Featured image: portrait of the artist, via vimeo.com
All images copyright of the artist

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Celebrating 20 YearsStephen Bulger GalleryGroup
2015PhotographsLouis K. Meisel GallerySolo
2015Fanny; 1990 - 2012
photographs from his new book published by Steidl
Bernarducci Meisel GallerySolo
2015FannyPhoto-Eye, Santa FeSolo
2014LE CORPS MASCULINGalerie David GuiraudGroup
2014Jock Sturges1839, TaiwanSolo
2013Jock SturgesKahmann Gallery, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsSolo
2013Naturally: Karel Novák - Jock SturgesMoravian Gallery in Brno, Czech RepublicGroup
2013The Nude Classical, Cultural, ContemporaryPhoto-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe, USAGroup
2011The Lucid EvidenceMuseum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am MainGroup
2010Jock SturgesButters Gallery, Portland, USASolo
2010Jock SturgesStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, CanadaSolo
2009Jock SturgesPhoto LA, Los AngelesSolo
2008Jock SturgesBernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New YorkSolo
2006Jock SturgesBernarducci.Meisel.Gallery and Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New YorkSolo
2001Jock SturgesBernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York Solo
2001Jock SturgesVan Cel Gallery, Miami, Fl Solo
2001Jock SturgesPhoto Eye Gallery, New MexicoSolo
2001Jock SturgesIl Tempo Gallery, TokyoSolo
2001Jock SturgesStepping Stone Gallery, Long Island, NYSolo
2001Jock SturgesButters Gallery, Portland, ORSolo
2001Jock SturgesStephen Bulger Gallery, TorontoSolo
2001Jock SturgesPhotographs Do Not Bend Gallery, Dallas, TXSolo
2001Jock SturgesScalo Gallery, NY Solo
2001Jock SturgesScalo Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland Solo
2000Jock SturgesRobert Klein Gallery, Boston, MASolo
2000Jock SturgesCamera Obscura Gallery, Denver, CO Solo
2000Jock SturgesA Gallery for Fine Photography, New Orleans, LASolo
2000Jock SturgesDorothy DePauw Gallery, Brussels, Belgium Solo
2000Jock SturgesRobert Koch Gallery, SF, CASolo
2000Jock SturgesIl Tempo Gallery, Tokyo, JapanSolo
2000Jock SturgesPaul Kopeikin Gallery, LA, CASolo
2000Jock SturgesButters Gallery, Portland, ORSolo
1999Jock SturgesBenham Gallery, Seattle, WASolo
1999Jock SturgesMauritz Gallery, Columbus, OHSolo
1999Jock SturgesButters Gallery, Portland, ORSolo
1999Jock SturgesPhoto Eye Gallery, Santa Fe, New MexicoSolo
1999Jock SturgesGallerie Bodo Niemann, Berlin GermanySolo
1999Jock SturgesDavid Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI Solo
1999Jock SturgesCamera Obscura Gallery, Denver, COSolo
1998Jock SturgesGalerie DePauw, Brussels, BelgiumSolo
1998Jock SturgesGalerie Farbre, Vienna, AustriaSolo
1998Jock SturgesYancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1998Jock SturgesIl Tempo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan,Solo
1998Jock SturgesButters Gallery, Portland, OR Solo
1998Jock SturgesGalerie Almine Rech, Paris, France,Solo
1998Jock SturgesPhoto Eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM Solo
1998Jock SturgesRobert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1998Jock SturgesLallak & Tom, Chicago, IL Solo
1998Jock SturgesPaul Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Solo
1998Jock SturgesJ. Magdison Gallery, Aspen, CO Solo
1998Jock SturgesStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, CanadaSolo
1998Jock SturgesRobert Klein Gallery, Boston Solo
1997Jock SturgesYancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1997Jock SturgesPhoto Center Gallery, Seattle, WASolo
1997Jock SturgesBenham Gallery, Seattle, WASolo
1997Jock SturgesOgilvy and Mather, New York, NYSolo
1997Jock SturgesA Gallery for Fine Photography, New Orleans, LASolo
1997Jock SturgesButters Gallery, Portland, ORSolo
1997Jock SturgesScalo Gallery, Zurich, SwitzerlandSolo
1996Jock SturgesBodo Niemann Gallery, Berlin, Germany Solo
1996Jock SturgesIl Tempo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan Solo
1996Jock SturgesPhoto Eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NMSolo
1996Jock SturgesKasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, GermanySolo
1996Jock SturgesFrankfurt Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt, GermanySolo
1996Jock SturgesButters Gallery, Portland, ORSolo
1996Jock SturgesCamera Obscura Gallery, Denver, CO Solo
1996Jock SturgesVision Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1996Jock SturgesCamera Obscura Gallery, Denver, CO Solo
1996Jock SturgesVision Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1995Jock SturgesKunsthaus Fischinger, Stuttgart, GermanySolo
1995Jock SturgesVision Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1995Jock SturgesRobert Klein Gallery, Miami, FLSolo
1995Jock SturgesKunsthaus Fischinger, Stuttgart, GermanySolo
1995Jock SturgesVision Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1995Jock SturgesRobert Klein Gallery, Miami, FL Solo
1995Jock SturgesPhoto Eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NMSolo
1995Jock SturgesCatherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
1995Jock SturgesJackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GASolo
1994Jock SturgesStudio Parade Gallery, Tokyo, JapanSolo
1994Jock SturgesSteltman Gallery, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsSolo
1994Jock SturgesButters Gallery, Portland, ORSolo
1994Jock SturgesVision North, San Francisco, CASolo
1994Jock SturgesBodo Niemann Gallery, Solo
1994Jock SturgesThe Prinz Gallery, Kyoto, JapanSolo
1994Jock SturgesVision Gallery, San Francisco, CA Berlin, Germany Solo
1994Jock SturgesLaurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY Solo
1994Jock SturgesJan Kesner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Solo
1994Jock SturgesA Gallery for Fine Photography, New Orleans, LASolo
1994Jock SturgesIl Tempo Gallery, Tokyo, JapanSolo
1993Jock SturgesButters Gallery, Portland, ORSolo
1993Jock SturgesPhoto Eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM Solo
1993Jock SturgesZeit Foto Salon, Tokyo, Japan Solo
1993Jock SturgesKlein-OK Harris Gallery, Birmingham, MISolo
1993Jock SturgesCamera Obscura Gallery, Denver, CO Solo
1993Jock SturgesSilver Image Gallery, Seattle, WA Solo
1993Jock SturgesRoger Ramsay Gallery, Chicago, IL Solo
1993Jock SturgesJane Corkin Gallery, Toronto, Canada Solo
1992Jock SturgesSteltman Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Solo
1992Jock SturgesVision Gallery, San Francisco, CA Solo
1992Jock SturgesG. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
1992Jock SturgesAlpha Cubic Gallery, Tokyo, JapanSolo
1992Jock SturgesRobert Klein Gallery, Boston, MASolo
1992Jock SturgesPaul Cava Gallery, Philadelphia, PASolo
1992Jock SturgesFay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GASolo
1992Jock SturgesZeit Foto Salon, Tokyo, Japan Solo
1992Jock SturgesIl Tempo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan Solo
1992Jock SturgesButters Gallery, Portland, ORSolo
1992Jock SturgesCharles Cowles Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1991Jock SturgesCamera Obscura Gallery, Denver, COSolo
1991Jock SturgesButters Gallery, Portland, ORSolo
1991Jock SturgesRobert Klein Gallery, Boston, MASolo
1991Jock SturgesPaul Cava Gallery, Philadelphia, PASolo
1990Jock SturgesVision Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1990Jock SturgesRoger Ramsay Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
1990Jock SturgesPaul Cava Gallery, Philadelphia, PASolo
1990Jock SturgesRobert Klein Gallery, Boston, MASolo
1989Jock SturgesGallery Artotheque, Montpellier, FranceSolo
1989Jock SturgesPaul Cava Gallery, Philadelphia, PASolo
1987Jock SturgesStephen Johnides Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1983Jock SturgesMaelstrom Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1982Jock SturgesMOMING Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
1981Jock SturgesHera Women’s Gallery, Wakefield, RISolo
1981Jock SturgesCapricorn Asunder Gallery (San Francisco Art Commission)Solo
1978Jock SturgesAnyart Gallery, Providence, RISolo
1976Jock SturgesNikon Gallery, Shinjuku, Tokyo, JapanSolo