His body of work is unknown, eclipsed by a single pictorial he undertook for American socialite Teri Shields. In , Garry Gross scribbled his name into a dubious footnote in the history of photography by photographing a nude year-old Brooke Shields. The rest was history — and a rancorous one as that. On this blog, the post of Brooke Shields which detailed the controversy remains the most visited entry , and comments there represent a veritable cross-section of pluralistic viewpoints and range from informed to inane. But apart from occasional interview, Gross remained in semi-retirement. He is In the magazine, a ten-year old Brooke is shown wearing makeup, her glistening body posed naked in a bathtub. At the time, Gross was working on a project for publication entitled The Woman in the Child , in which he wanted to reveal the femininity of prepubescent girls by comparing them to adult women. Her mother signed a contract giving Gross full rights to exploit the images of her daughter. In , however, Brooke Shields wanted to prevent further use of these pictures and tried unsuccessfully to buy back the negatives.
Nude photographs of the American actress have been the source of controversy for decades.
Brooke Shields: ‘I got out pretty unscathed’
T he Richard Prince photograph of Brooke Shields that Tate Modern recently withdrew from the exhibition Pop Life, after Scotland Yard suggested it might break obscenity laws, travelled across the Atlantic carrying a long history of controversy. It shows a year-old Shields, oiled and glistening, naked and made-up, posing in a marble bathtub with a seductive danger that belies her years. It tells you everything about what we fear and desire. Prince, Schorr tells me, has never met Shields. Intent on questioning notions of authorship and originality, he rephotographed an existing image that had already inspired two years of legal debate. It was one of a dozen images of Shields designed, according to Gross, to reveal the not-so-latent sexuality of the prepubescent child. Prince enshrined it as a kind of coda to celebrate freedom of expression. I think she was happy when Richard took the picture and made something of it because it was a big fuck you to Garry Gross. Gross, 71, continues to exercise his right to sell pictures of Shields, though eBay prevented him from auctioning prints of them on its site. He is now a dog photographer and trainer in New York.
Famous, Infamous and Iconic Photos
This series of photographs has been the source for controversy for decades. The girl in the background of this meme is indeed a naked year-old Shields, and the photograph was truly published by Playboy. Although this meme may have given some viewers the impression that the image appeared in Playboy magazine itself, the picture was actually featured in the Playboy Press publication Sugar and Spice. Suddenly the pictures acquired a new and alluring value; and suddenly Brooke and Mom decided that, with the book out of print, Gross had no business peddling the pictures anywhere else, even though Mom had signed a release for them. So they went to court, where Justice Greenfield ruled against them. And so long as he was at it, Justice Greenfield delivered himself of a tidy lecture on the subject of stage motherhood. An appellate court overturned the decision, but in the original verdict was upheld.
Child abuse campaigners are furious at Tate Modern gallery's decision to show an 'obscene' picture of a naked year-old Brooke Shields. Yesterday critics called for the image of the star to be withdrawn from the new exhibition, which opens tomorrow, saying it was unacceptable. They claimed the picture would attract paedophiles to the gallery and said organisers should have taken advice from parents before deciding to show it. The exhibition also features huge sexually explicit images of penetration and works made from the pages of pornographic magazines. Then and now: A year-old Brooke Shields in the film Pretty Baby left , and at a party last month at 44 right. MailOnline chose not to show the portrait of naked year-old Shields before it was removed from the Tate Modern.