The Last Day of SummerPhotographs by Jock Sturges
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"In the fifty-eight images of this handsome ... monograph, Sturges sustains a delicate balance on a very precarious wire ... His struggle is to observe and render his subjects in all of their complexities, trembling on the cusp of change. The result of this long-term, communal effort is one of the most clear-eyed, responsible investigations of puberty and the emergence of sexuality in the medium's history, making a metaphor of the metamorphosis from child to adult."—A. D. Coleman, The New York Observer
In 1990 the FBI entered Sturges's studio and seized his work, claiming violation of child pornography laws. Citizens, artists, and the media responded with outrage. With The Last Day of Summer, Aperture accords Sturges's vision the dignity and respect it so richly deserves.
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.