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Maia with Misty Dawn and Arianne, Montalivet, France

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Jock Sturges, Maia with Misty Dawn and Arianne, Montalivet, France, 1992, gelatin silver print, Gift of the Artist, © unknown, research required, 93.29

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Title

Maia with Misty Dawn and Arianne, Montalivet, France

Artist

Jock Sturges (American, born 1947)

Date

1992

Medium

gelatin silver print

Edition

3/40

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 14 3/8 in x 18 5/8 in; sheet: 15 7/8 in x 19 7/8 in

Inscriptions & Markings

title: Maia With Misty Dawn and Arianne; Montalivet, France 1992, verso bottom left

inscription: 3/40 ©, verso center

signature: Sturges '92, verso center

Collection Area

Photography

Category

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

American

Credit Line

Gift of the Artist

Accession Number

93.29

Copyright

© unknown, research required

Terms

gelatin silver prints

nudes

photographs

portraits

Description

Jock Sturges regularly photographed visitors to the beach community of Montalivet, France, where public nudity is an accepted practice. The inclusion of nude adolescents in these photographs—youths who have outgrown the culturally acceptable period during which they can forgo clothing—caused great controversy in the United States. In 1990, the Federal Bureau of Investigation accused Sturges of child pornography, charges that a grand jury later dismissed. Sturges's subjects are—along with their parents—active participants, many of whom have been photographed for more than twenty years. As one adolescent explained, "We are not naked for the pictures, we are naked for the summer, and because we are alive."

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