Mit Jock Sturges Familär.
Photographs by Jock Sturges.
edition GALERIE VEVAIS, 2012. 140 pp., 70 color and tritone illustrations, 30¼x26¼".
Please note that each version is a very large publication and will include extra shipping.
An oversized book with more than 50 unpublished photographs and a text by Jock Sturges
Rare is the day when a publisher comes to an artist and says 'What for you would be a perfect book?' and then, having listened to the artist's immoderate ideals, says, 'Yes, we can do that. We will do it exactly as you like.'
Thus was born my Edition Galerie Vevais title, 'Familiär'. I wanted a very large book to project to the viewer the scale of how I see when working with the big camera. Before now, this has only been possible to achieve with prints in a gallery or museum context. I was fully expecting to be told that such a thing was just not technically or economically possible, but Alexander Scholz of Edition Galerie Vevais was if anything more enthusiastic about the project than was I!
The result is the single most ambitious work in print that I have ever attempted or, for that matter seen attempted since the 'elephant portfolios' by the like of Jackson and Watkins in the 19th century and Helmut Newton's SUMO. The quality of our result with this work is sure to mark the pinnacle of my work in print for all time. I feel deeply privileged to have my work elevated to this grand and eloquent form.
Apart from size, the guiding principle behind the project is to show a maximum timespan of images of 20 of my best known models and, wherever possible to do this with previously un-published work. Thus very few of the pictures in this book will have been seen before. My hope is that the viewer will be moved to page back and forth to compare beginnings with evolutions and the present reality. My work is after all un histoire d'amour and such stories forever carry forward.
Jock Sturges, Seattle, 2011
About the Limited Edition
There will be a special limited edition of 30 signed and numbered copies of the book with an original print (27,5 x 24 inch) printed, numbered, and signed by Jock Sturges and presented in a large, handmade clamshell box . The purchaser may select his or her choice of one of the three prints. View Book with three print choices. which are labeled on this jpg as Print Choice 1 and shown below as CLAM1 and so on.
There will be also an extremely special deluxe limited edition of 11 signed and numbered copies, of which only 9 are for sale. This edition will presented in a large, handmade, artitst-designed case hand-crafted in aluminium and wood. View Sturges with Stand.
The case will contain both the book and an original print (36 x 24 inch) printed, numbered, and signed by Jock Sturges fixed under acrylic glass.
The case is constructed so that it will also function as a display presentation both for the book and the print.
Assistants: Denise Avayou, Reka Lajgut, Max Kühn and Hans-Ulrich Müller
Read the interview with Jock Sturges on Mit Jock Sturges Familär on photo-eye Blog.
Jock Sturges is represented by photo-eye Gallery. See his work here.