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Jock Sturges: Notes Hardcover – June 15, 2005
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The title of this book is Notes for a reason. In it, we find considerably more text than we usually do in a Sturges book and it is not confined to forewords and afterwards. There are, in fact, "notes" interspersed throughout the photographs. Many of the notes are by Sturges himself though there are a number by his models. The point of these (as well as a number of Polaroid photos) is to give us some insight into how Sturges works, how he develops his concepts and final images. And they do do that to some extent though, if the truth be told, the workings of composing a beautiful portrait remains a mystery. Still, it's an interesting attempt.
On the other hand, I found the notes by the models quite interesting. Many of the models have worked with Sturges for over 20 years and have grown up with him as part of their lives. The word "family" is used a number of times. This may or may not be true but it is intriguing to hear the different voices of the models in their prose. When they talk about the photos in which they appear, it often gives the impression of those photos speaking in a new voice. It gives these portraits a different flavor.
But I am ignoring the fact that this book is also, if not mainly, a book of photography. To be honest, I would have bought this book for the photo on the cover alone. Fortunately, there is more of Sturges' wonderful portrait work on the inside.Read more ›
Jock's world is the world of the naturist, those people who feel relaxed and comfortable being naked in situations where other people might feel shy or embarressed.Read more ›
Australian poet Les Murray remarks that public nudity in Western cultures is `relaxed as exam time', but some such cultures do nudity better than others and attain genuine relaxation. I have always thought Australia with its Mediterranean climate and vast tracts of white beaches had great nudist potential, but my country had the misfortune to be born English. It has grown up with the general aspect of the working-class Pommy migrant made good, raised in cleaner air and living on a larger suburban block than was available `back home', more of a brash, materialist loudmouth than its native cousins, but still caught in all of their mental shackles.
America was born English too - a virulent, Puritanical strain of it - and in the text of Notes it is fascinating to read Sturges on his early life in that country, which he sums up as `a long tunnel of single-sex experience [at school and in the military] and social deprivation. . . . While I was young and my work was new, it was about hormones and photography.'
My own visit to one of France's largest nude beaches a few years ago confirmed my intuition that nakedness needn't be a big deal. This was middle-class Europe with its clothes off.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Filled with Jock's stunning photos as well as test photos, this terrific book gives you an insight into what it takes to capture the beauty featured in his photos. Read morePublished 15 months ago by William Linsenmeyer
Just wanted her to know that she has a kick butt body. She shouldn't feel ashamed about it either that if she does or not. Keep up the good work.
If you're looking for a picture book, buy any of Sturges's other books. This one, although it does contain pictures, is mostly text - and it gives insight into the stories behind... Read morePublished on April 21, 2013 by Christopher Ohn
One of my favorite photographers. He exhibits in local gallery, Photos Do Not Bend (PDNB). 20+" prints are fantastic. If you love one of his photos, you should buy the print. Read morePublished on May 11, 2010 by Al Currie
Great photography, but the photographers fascination with underage girls and boys gives me a strange feeling or participating in something illicit.Published on September 12, 2007 by Zwykly Klijent
As a photographer of interesting and often beautiful women, I found Jock Sturges' work both exciting and intriguing. Read morePublished on May 12, 2007 by Steve
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. Read morePublished on February 3, 2007 by J. Winget