Misty Dawn

Portrait Of A Muse

Photographs by Jock Sturges
Essay by Jock Sturges

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10 x 11 inches 168 pages, 100 duotone images Hardcover 978-1-59711-074-7 Fall 2008 Designed by Inger-Lise McMillan
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Over the course of his career, Jock Sturges's 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's 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 between photographer and subject. Misty Dawn: Portrait of a Muse presents iconic images, as well as previously unpublished material mined from Sturges's older contact sheets and newest work.


Jock Sturges (born in New York, 1947) received a B.A. in perceptual psychology and photography from Marlboro College in Vermont, in 1974, and an MFA 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 and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Bibliothéque Nationale, Paris. His previous Aperture books include Notes, The Last Day of Summer, and Radiant Identities.

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