Jock Sturges

All Buff, No Fluff: Images of folks with nothing to hide

Now-local photographer Jock Sturges wasn’t the first to capture adolescents in the nude—the bulk of Sally Mann’s work documented her own children—but he may have been the first to get in so much trouble for it. Both artists have been criticized that their portraits of families and children are unnecessarily eroticized, but in Sturges’ case, they’ve been defended by the naturalist communities that were shot. His work is most often done on the beaches of northern California and France, in late summer, which gives the images a quality of shimmering timelessness. Sturges’ latest images are more beautiful and complex than ever, and are featured at Benham through January, along with a study of “Fanny” throughout her life in Montalivet, France. Benham Gallery, 1216 First Ave., 622-2480. Wed.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Ends Feb. 2.

Jan. 3-Feb. 2, 2008

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