Now-local photographer Jock Sturges wasnt the first to capture adolescents in the nudethe bulk of Sally Manns work documented her own childrenbut he may have been the first to get in so much trouble for it. Both artists have been criticized that their portraits of families and children are unnecessarily eroticized, but in Sturges case, theyve been defended by the naturalist communities that were shot. His work is most often done on the beaches of northern California and France, in late summer, which gives the images a quality of shimmering timelessness. Sturges latest images are more beautiful and complex than ever, and are featured at Benham through January, along with a study of Fanny throughout her life in Montalivet, France. Benham Gallery, 1216 First Ave., 622-2480. Wed.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Ends Feb. 2.
Jan. 3-Feb. 2, 2008