The Last Day of Summer by Jock SturgesPaperback. Pages: 96 Publisher: Aperture In the fifty-eight images of this handsome ... monograph. Sturges sustains a delicate balance on a very precarious wire ... His struggle is to observe and render his subjects in all of their complexities . trembling on the cusp of change. The result of this long-term. communal effort is one of the most clear-eyed. responsible investigations of puberty and the emergence of sexuality in the mediums history. making a metaphor of the metamorphosis from child to adult. - AD Coleman. The New York Observer In 1990 the FBI entered Sturgess studio and seized his work. claiming violation of child pornography laws. Citizens. artists. and the media responded with outrage. With The Last Day of Summer. Aperture accords Sturgess vision the dignity and respect it so richly deserves. Essay by Jayne Anne Phillips. Paperback. 9.5 x 11.5 in.96 pgs
The Last Day of Summer
The Last Day of Summer: Photographs by Jock Sturges
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Copyright Jock Sturges published by Aperture. As part of the background story one social element that Sturges shares with Sally Mann and David Hamilton is his subject matter; nude children, specifically young girls who are just at or recently past puberty. All have been subsequently involved with legal actions by groups of citizens and court officials to prosecute these photographers for child pornography in the United States and United Kingdom. The legal actions against the three occurred during the period from to and I guess later , and with Hamilton in the United Kingdom, into the 21 st century. These moralist legal actions against photographers has a long history in both the US and UK. How each of these three photographers photographed their subjects varies widely, with Hamilton on one side with his soft focus and dreamy interpretations and Mann on the other end in a very documentary straight style of her young children. Although this classification is probably a sales tactic it still underlines the continuing issues within the US as to the acceptance of frontal nude photographs of young girls who are moving through the late stages of puberty.
The photographs of Jock Sturges are the record of people he cherishes: mothers and daughters, friends, children. Before his 8X10 camera, they show their relationship not only one to another, but also of the inner self to the world. Magical in their detail, these images are a collaboration of trust and admiration between artist and subject. Jayne Anne Phillip's compelling prose both illuminates the photographs and explores the unending sensuality and complexity of the bond between mother and child. Jock Sturges received a B. He has exhibited widely in the United States as well as in France and Japan.
An absolutely beautiful book, with stunning photography.
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