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Jock Sturges

Few photographers, if any, have so uniquely shaped the ideal of nude and beach, of freedom and youthful abandonment, of the unity of nature and female beauty, to the extent of Jock Sturges. Since the 1970s he has been taking photographs of families and their children over a number of years along the shores of California and, in particular, Montavilet on the coast of France. He photographed them during summer holidays, year after year, capturing many of the children as they grew from childhood, through adolescence, to adulthood. Many of his beach scenes were taken in the gentle afternoon and evening sun, with long shadows stretched over the sand, and one senses an atmosphere of departure from the lightness of summer. His paradise is captured in a moment that appears to last forever.

Despite the presence of his large format camera Sturges is somehow able to create a unique atmosphere of intimacy that allows the subjects to behave in ways disarmingly confident and carefree. Though searching for timeless grace, natural elegance, and classic beauty, Sturges also shows a respect and sensitivity towards the air of transience.

Before Sturges completed his studies in photography at the San Francisco Art Institute he had previously studied Perceptual Psychology. In interviews, he stresses the defining influence this combination had on him. Unlike some of his contemporaries, he does not emphasise eroticism or sensuality, but rather natural beauty. A concept he has remained true to for decades.

Christina Wendenburg


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1947Born in New York, USA
BFA, Psychology of perception and photography, Marlboro College, Marlboro, Vermont, USA
MFA, Photography, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, USA
Lives and works in San Francisco, USA


The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York, USA
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
The International Center of Photography (ICP), New York, USA
The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA
The Seattle Museum of Art, USA
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
The Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France


2013Jock Sturges, Moravska Galerie, Brno, Czech Republic
2012Jock Sturges, Espace Soardi, Nizza, France
2010Jock Sturges, A Gallery for Fine Photography, New Orleans, USA
Photographs 1985-2009, Galerie Johannes Faber, Vienna, Austria
2009Colour Prints, Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2008Jock Sturges – Large-format color photographs from his new book, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York, USA
Jock Sturges, Benham Gallery, Seattle, USA
2007New Color Works, Christophe Guye Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
Jock Sturges, Galerie Acte 2, Paris, France
2006Jock Sturges - Large Prints - Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, USA
2012c’est la vie – Das ganze Leben, Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Dresden, Germany
2011Becoming Muses, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, USA
2010Another Nude Show, Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, USA
2009Creating Identity - Portraits Today, 21c Museum, Louisville, USA
Summertime, Galerie Acte 2, Paris, France
2008Unforeseen Reflections, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York, USA
Presumed Innocence - Photographic Perspectives of Children, DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, USA
2007Structure, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York, USA
2006The age of innocent, Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery, Dallas, USA
My Collection, Museo Ken Damy, Brescia, Italy