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  • Hardcover: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Scalo (12 Sept. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3931141306
  • ISBN-13: 978-3931141301
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 0.3 x 0.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,293,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this volume, Sturges presents his fullest, most personal vision of his work. Selections from series that extend across many years dispel the aura of sensationalism that has dogged his work, revealing his close, long-term relationships with many subjects. From his "Misty Dawn" series showing a young California girl coming of age (1987-95), to "Marine", showing a girl on a French nudist beach (1987-95), it is clear that Sturges's subjects know and trust him. Included here are over 130 previously unpublished images.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Mar. 2001
Format: Paperback
This is not the best Sturges collection to date. "Last Day of Summer" and "Radiant Personalities" are better introductions to the work of this pretty-nigh genius. However, it is a beautiful collection and an essential supplement to those earlier works. For example, this collection includes an image of the very young Marine and family, a fascinating footnote to the near-perfect picture that appeared in "Last Day". The images of Misty Dawn are beautiful, but we can see why they were omitted earlier. But some of the images original to this collection continue to show the brilliance of the artist and the beauty of his subjects. He says that this is the first time that the pictures have been presented as he wanted. This probably refers to the fact that they are grouped together by subject and presented chronologically, so that we see the (for want of a better word) spiritual development of his subjects concurrent with their maturation. Does Sturges de-sexualise his subjects? I think these pictures celebrate the sexuality of these women and soon-to-be-women. What they continue to avoid is reducing these people to sexual objects. They are not here for our gratification, and we are constantly aware that we are sharing a thought, a moment, an emotion. There is one major drawback with this work: do not bother with the inacessible editorial essay. Sturges' own words continue to be illuminating and interesting. The editorial essay, if properly described, would prevent this review being published. Ignore that. Look at the pictures. Smile.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Sept. 1997
Format: Hardcover
If one of the main purposes of art is to challenge, this book has certainly done its job. What's more interesting is how what it challenges is our conception of beauty. Our society, steeped in a Judeo-Christian philosophy that denies the beauty of the human body, has become so fearful of any image of nudity as to lose sight of what it is that makes our lives wonderful. And, yes, that can include the beauty of other human beings of all ages. Jock Sturges' work also challenges our notions of childhood, which we have so over-sentimentalized as to lose sight of the human beings who are the children we look at. Sturges' children are individuals; they are not there to amuse us or to do our bidding; they have the qualties of humanity denied to children by those who wish to keep children and childhood within the limits defined by Precious Moments figurines.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Feb. 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is Sturges' greatest work, and not least because it completes the catalogue of his friends and their families. Flawlessly printed from 8X10 contact silver gelatin prints, this shows the other pictures of the subjects we felt like we knew from the previous two books,often running us through 5 or 10 years of a model's life in as many pages. This work is important, because hiding something away empowers it- in a society where nudity between ages 6 and 18 is considered somehow wrong, it is no wonder we have so many perverts. Take away the thrill of the forbidden, and just enjoy the peaceful, respectful portraits in this 200 page retrospective. Their bodies are not the problem- your mind is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Jan. 1998
Format: Hardcover
It is always a let down to read nasty comments and misinterpretations of Jock's art. It is too bad that some people are so closed minded that they can't possibly understand that many people choose to be nude and it is not some sick or perverted thing that has been forced upon them. Jock's work is and always will be beautiful because the families he photographs are even more beautiful on the inside than they are on the outside... which is far more important than whether someone has clothes on or not. This book as well as Jocks other books are sitting right on my coffee table for all to see. They are and I am sure they always will be excellent. Once again GREAT work Sturges!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 April 1999
Format: Hardcover
I consider myself an expert in this are of photography. I have completely analylized both of Sturges' other books and this one tops them both. His use of light and his angle of photography is unbelievable. He captures his shots excellently. Very few photographers these days take the time to take the picture the exact way they had orginally planned it. I used enjoy the work of David Hamilton more than Mr. Sturges, but after reading this one I will defiinitly support Mr. Sturges with a greater passion. My "co-viewer" and I both agree that this is the best work of photography of its kind in a long time!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Nov. 1998
Format: Hardcover
It took me 6 hours to intialy read through this book. The photographs inside are breath-taking. This book portrays the purest form of beauty and innocence I have ever seen. And gives new meaning to the word art.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Dec. 1997
Format: Hardcover
After having seen "The Last Day of Summer" and "Radiant Identities", I knew Jock Sturges's work was phenomenal. With this publication, he has accomplished the impossible and "outdone himself". The images and quality of the printing are outstanding. I give it a 9 out of 10 with the hope that in the future Mr. Sturges will consider including more boys in his published work. This, however,is not a complaint, merely a suggestion. I look forward to more from Jock Sturges.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Sept. 1999
Format: Hardcover
Great use of light, fantastic portraits - you really see the subjects as real people and individuals.
It de-sexualises the humand body and shows it in its most real, most pure and most beautiful form.
Jock Sturges' own words sum it up really well: "If am lucky, my subjects come to know that they are at their most beautiful when they simply remain themselves".
I warmly recommend this book to all people who love art, photography, and the human race.
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