Portrait of a Muse.
Photography by Jock Sturges.
Aperture, New York, 2008. 168 pp., 100 duotone illustrations., 10x11".
Over the course of his career, Jock Sturges’ long-term engagement with his subjects
has been a cornerstone of his work. Misty Dawn, one of his primary and most popular
muses is one such subject; he has photographed her for twenty-five of her twenty-eight
years. Lithe, beautiful, classically proportioned, she is the personification of Sturges’
philosophy of being at home in one’s body.
This work follows her growth from a shy, tomboyish child to a gorgeous, confident
young woman. Taken as a whole, this series of images presents a unique, fully realized
portrait of a blossoming
individual and explores a rare and beautiful relationship
and subject. Misty Dawn: Portrait of a Muse presents iconic
images as well as previously unpublished material, mined from Sturges’ older contact
sheets and newest work.
Jock Sturges is represented by photo-eye Gallery. See his work here.
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