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To coincide with the publication of Misty Dawn: Portrait of a Muse, Aperture worked with the artist to make available to our collecting audience four separate images of one of his most compelling models. Over the course of his career, 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.


Jock Sturges (born in New York, 1947) received a BA 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 Aperture books include Misty Dawn: Portrait of a Muse, Notes, The Last Day of Summer, and Radiant Identities.