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Jock Sturges: Notes

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Jock Sturges: Notes gives fans of his unforgettable images a glimpse behind the scenes of his working process, opening up his studio and notes to the viewer for the very first time. A selection of preparatory studies, shot as Polaroids, accompanies the finished works included here--offering visual testimony to the complex process and inspiration that underlies each of the ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Aperture (first published August 31st 2004)
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I have mixed feelings about this work, and about Jock Sturges. Technically, the photographs are impressive--exemplars of composition and lighting and painstaking concentration aimed at capturing the magical moment that turns an ordinary nude into a memorable image. Sturges, as an artist, has some interesting things to say in this "notebook" about how puritanism and the sexualized images of a commercialized culture render pure nudity (as depicted in his photos) as perverse or turn nudity into ...more
Jul 27, 2011 Chris rated it it was amazing
This piece of work shows the "behind-the-scenes" thinking of what Jock Sturges uses to make his images appear "real." His understanding of relationships with the people he photographes is more important than the people in the pictures. He feels that if he has a personal relationship of trust and understanding, they will give him ten-fold the look that he is after. And it is just this style of photography that makes his work so loved by so many.

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