Jock Sturges Misty Dawn: Portrait of a Muse

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Misty Dawn: Portrait of a Muse

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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 25 of her 28 years. Lithe, beautiful, classically proportioned, she is the personification of Sturges' philosophy of being at home in one's body.
This volume 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 between photographer 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 "Misty Dawn: Portrait of a Muse" presents iconic images as well as previously unpublished material, mined from Sturges' older contact sheets and newest work.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, born in New York in 1947, received a B.A. in perceptual psychology and photography from Marlboro College in Vermont in 1974 and an M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1985. He has exhibited internationally, and his photographs are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris. His previous Aperture books include "Notes, The Last Day of Summer" and "Radiant Identities."

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Jock Sturges received a B.A. in Perceptual Psychology and Photography from Marlboro College in Vermont and an M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute. He has exhibited widely in the United States as well as in France and Japan. His photographs are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris.

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"Containing 25 years of photographs of a breathtaking woman and more, Misty Dawn illuminates what a lifetime of photographer and model working together can produce. These pictures are stunning and the progression of images of a 25 year long collaboration between subject and photographer is truly remarkable." -- Jay Gardner --Picture Magazine

"This book chronicles Jock Sturges' 25-year relationship to Misty Dawn, who first appeared by chance in a group portrait of pre-school children that Sturges shot while on a different assignment, but who he intentionally sought out some months later and who became, over the years, one of his favorite models. It is easy to see why: from her childhood to her adulthood, whether with family, friends or alone, clothed or (usually) nude, she presents herself completely at ease in her body, with unforced gracefulness and when her eyes meet the camera it is always direct, never guarded or insincere." --B&W: Black and White Magazine for Collectors of Fine Photography

"No classic beauty, Misty Dawn is often graceful yet sometimes awkward, and seems more at ease naked than dressed. What will you look at most when you browse through the book? Misty Dawn's face, which reveals a trust that only time could engender." -- Russell Hart --American Photo

"The first book by Sturges to focus on a single subject, this monograph is a beautiful portrayal of emerging adulthood." --Photo Life: The Art, Culture, and Science of Photography

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