December 8, 2010

Garry Gross, Photographer, created Iconic Series of Nude Brooke Shield Photographs.


Nude Photograph of Brooke Shields by Garry Gross
Garry Gross Photograph of 10 Year Old Brooke Shields

Garry Gross, fashion photographer, best known his controversial Nude Series of photographs of Brooke Shields, when she was 10 years old, has passed away.

In 1975, long before Brooke Shields became an International child star, Teri Shields, Brooke Shields' Mother, signed a contract for $450., that allowed Garry Gross to shoot a series of controversial photographs of Brooke Shields, "in thick makeup and bejeweled, sitting and standing in a steaming, opulently decorated bathtub."


At the age of 17, Brooke Shields became a movie star for the movie "Pretty Baby", and could not prevent Garry Gross from legally selling any of the many photographs from that historic shoot.

"New York State’s highest court ruled that Brooke Shields could not break the contract. In its 4-to-3 decision, the Court of Appeals said that Mr. Gross could continue to market the photos as long as he did not sell them to pornographic publications."


Ironically, years later, Richard Prince appropriated the Garry Gross Photograph by photographing the original, and because Gross objected, later provided Mr. Gross with an out of court settlement. The Richard Prince Appropriation was exhibited at the 2007 Richard Prince Guggenheim Museum Retrospective in New York.  More recently, Scotland Yard confiscated the Richard Prince Appropriation from the Tate Museum because it was a potential violation of obscenity. Read The New York Times Obituary of Garry Gross.
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