Born inJock Sturges has been for a long time in the limelight of controversy for producing distinct kind of nude photographs. Most of his work is shot around nude beaches of North California and France. Subjects of his photography have mostly been girls in their adolescence.
Captured with the rare large format camera, his images often refer back to the old masters painting and the classical style photography of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The young age of some of his models drew the attention of a conservative federal task force that raided his studio and seized his files and equipment, later on all his images and equipment were returned and no charges brought. Three years later his work was assailed again by an organized attack by extremist activists from American Christian communities who besieged bookshops aiming to seize and destroy his books.
This interview is from last year, but since Jock is teaching his popular The Portrait and the Nude workshop with us October 19 - October 24, in San Miguel, we think now is the perfect time to share this! The interview originally appeared on aphotoeditor. To see the original post, visit their website here.
The art community rallied around Sturges, as did civil libertarians, and a grand jury finally threw the case out. Suddenly more famous and more cautious, Sturges enjoyed a quiet five years until last November, when bookstore protests led by Randall Terry -- better known as the founder of the antiabortion group Operation Rescue -- dragged his work back into the public eye. For more details on the case, see Michael Bronski's story in this week's One in Ten. The two photographers don't share much beyond subject matter and a certain capacity to offend grand juries.
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Sophia Kishkovsky. A Russian nationalist activist has vandalised Absence of Shame, an exhibition by American photographer Jock Sturges at a Moscow photography gallery for the second time in just over a year after already targeting it last year for allegedly promoting paedophilia. Police said on 8 December that they had detained a man whose age and previous criminal record fit the profile of Alexander Petrunko, a member of SERB, an organization that began as a pro-Russia separatist group in Ukraine and now known for targeting anti-Kremlin activists and rallies.
Mounted under acrylic glass, depth 2 mm glossy, Frameless, Floater frame Basel, profile width: 15 mm, with acrylic glass glossy, Canadian Maple, Brown, Jock Sturges Trunk Archive.
What is an appropriate photograph of a naked child? Who may be permitted to create it? Where might it be viewed?
Sturges was born in in New York. From to he served in the United States Navy as a Russian linguist. His subjects are nude adolescents and their families, primarily taken at communes in Northern California and at the Atlantic-coast naturist resort CHM Montalivet in Montalivet, France.
For the past year Amy Adler has been a fellow at Columbia University's Freedom Forum, a media-oriented think-tank, where she has focused on obscenity law, child pornography, and art. Here she discusses the nuts and bolts of the legal relationship between the law and artistic expression. Amy Adler: Well, the modern constitutional definition of obscenity is from a case called Miller v.