- Also check our best rated Photography Book reviews
New Work, 1997-2000 Hardcover – 1 Oct 2000
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
A beautifully printed very large format book that beautifully presents Stuges's 1997-2000 pictorial work and constitutes one of the finest modern studies of the beauty of the human body which also examines the passage of time and the transition into adulthood. A very rare item that is increasingly difficult to source.
Top customer reviews
However, this is an Art book, not a manual. The print quality is sublime, the paper weight heavy and one turns the pages over slowly, out of respect. The subjects are natural; fresh and totally at home with what they're doing. They don't have that knowing fortitude of professional models, either, so relaxed they seem to be.
There are family groups and smaller groups, mainly in Montelivet, on the French coast, or California. Not all the photos are nude; some are partially or fully clothed. The individuals, which include a few older children look directly into the lens, often a very fast lens with a very limited depth of field, the eyes razor sharp.
Misty Dawn, one of the nudes he so beautifully portrays, I noticed, in Amazon's listings, gets her own book by Sturges, which doesn't surprise me. She's radiantly womanly and youthful at the same time.
New Works is not a coffee table book. This is an art exhibition in a giant folder. To keep, admire and respect.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
That being said, the photographs display a natural sexuality. There is merit to the observation that the subjects are typically teenage girls, and one might ask why that is. I believe he is merely accentuating the beauty that is present in female youth. Unlike David Hamilton, whose photos seem intentionally sexual, Sturges is not adding anything that is not already there. He does not overtly pose the subjects; he just captures them. The girls appear comfortable instead of vulnerable. (Not to criticize Hamilton, but there is a material difference.)
The layout and paper quality were exceptional, and the binding seems robust. All in all, a great collection for your coffee table. But perhaps that depends on the company you keep.
Due to the nature of the the content and its subjects, this material would not be able to achieve an "R" rating for a motion picture. I would certainly have discouraged my daughters from appearing in these scenes.
If you are not familiar with Jock Sturges, he presents a most unusual oeuvre. His subject is the physical, emotional, and psychological development of young girls. He portrays his subjects usually in nudist camps where they can be displayed more fully. Many of his models have appeared in his work since quite young ages.
The images are usually taken outdoors with a large format camera, and are posed to create quite complex compositions. At the same time, he wants you to notice nuances in how the bodies are changing, the emotions are developing, and what the personalities are like. He uses the interaction with nature and the other models to bring out the point of each photograph, and lets time provide the rest of the perspective by repeatedly showing the same models over the years. In this work, you will usually see a model over 2-3 years.
The images are very well reproduced on gorgeous paper. I found the duotone images generally better than the color ones, but the color images had a reason for being that caused them to be useful. They pick up the strong color of an eye, or show the connection in skin coloration with a sibling or parent.
Beyond the natural beauty of the human form, you will find yourself impressed that the young people are pretty comfortable with the camera. I liked the poses where the teenage rebellion and awkwardnesses were showing at least a little.
You will also be interested to see genetic influences as two sisters stand near one another, often with their mother. That creates a reflection of inner beauty that is quite remarkable.
The drawbacks of this book's images come in that some scenes are so carefully constructed that they seem artificial and abstract, which steals humanity from the models. Also, the book contains no essay to explain the work. Some would benefit from some words to help them "see" what is contained here.
A potential benefit of this book could be in helping female adolescents become more comfortable with their own developing bodies. That would probably have to be based on some private viewing.
Here are some of my favorites:
Vanessa, Miranda, Maia, Camille, Cecile, Charlotte, Cyrielle and Mylene; Montalivet, France, 1999
Maia, Vanessa and Miranda; Tuscany, Italy, 1999
Vanessa (holding herself version); Tuscany, Italy, 1999
Arianne; Montalivet, France, 1999
Lotte and Nikki; Montalivet, France, 1999
Nikki (on haunches version); Montalivet, France, 1999
Lotte, Vera and Nikki; Montalivet, France, 1999
Lotte; Montalivet, France, 1997
Cecile (2 -- clothed and unclothed); Montalivet, France, 1999
Antoine and Thiery; Montalivet, France, 1999
Sara; Montalivet, France, 1998
Alice; Montalivet, France, 1996
Gaelle; Montalivet, France, 1996
Adele; Montalivet, France, 1999
Lotte, Alice and Nikki; Montalivet, France, 1996
Allegra and Karuna; Northern California, 1998
Misty Dawn; Zurich, Switzerland, 1997
Trea; Northern California, 1983 and 1998
Leela and Nina; Palm Beach, Florida, 1998
Allegra, Northern California, 1996
After you have communed with nature through these photographs, I encourage you to think of how you can enjoy being outdoors with your family in ways that will create relaxed relationships.
Cherish the innocence of youth!
Look for similar items by category