Life in the Creative Lane - Adventures of a Curator
CHRISTIE’S PHOTOGRAPHY AUCTION: What an exceptional evening it was at a recent fine art photography auction and cocktail reception at the distinguished Christie’s auction house. Being in the presence of extraordinary images, by visionary master photographers who captured transformational moments in time was quite an invigorating experience! Passionate about the medium, as curator, photographer and having taught a photography course myself, I was enthralled!. On view were important works of iconic images from photography legends: Edward Steichen, Helmet Newton, Robert Robert Mapplethorpe, Dorothea Lange, Anselm Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Edward Weston, Man Ray, Eugene Atget, Jock Sturges and others too numerous to name.
Jock Sturges' photography was remarkable, I have always been captivated by the pristine light and luminescent figures that inform his work. I had the great pleasure of working with him in 1997. We met during my fourteen-year tenure at Ogilvy & Mather Advertising N.Y (O&M) where I was a senior Art Buyer. As curator of O&M’s exclusive corporate gallery, I invited Jock to exhibit and give a gallery talk to our employees of his critically acclaimed photography. Over the course of his career, Jock Sturges' long-term engagement with his subjects has been a cornerstone of his work.
“Jock is a fine art photographer based in San Francisco, California. Best known for his nudes and extended portraits of families in Northern California counter-culture communities and European naturist beaches, his large format images borrow significantly from classical periods in both photography and nineteenth and early twentieth century paintings. His work can be found in major museums worldwide” Amanda Hitti, Stratos Magazine 1997
Jock Sturges photos: From Stratos Magazine article featuring my curatorial work at Ogilvy & Mather