Jock Sturges was born in New York City, and worked in San Francisco for many years. He graduated with a BFA in Perceptual Psychology and photography from Marlboro College in 1974, and received an MFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1985. He now resides in Seattle, Washington. Sturges' primarily shot in naturist resorts and beaches in Northern California and in France. Much of his work revolves around Misty Dawn, whom he shot from when she was a young child until in her twenties. His work, often taken on the nude beachesof California and France, has been the subject of controversy.