Controversial Photographer Garry Gross Dies At 73
December 8, 2010 /PN/ Garry Gross, a photographer best known for his 1970s nude images of Brooke Shields, taken when she was 10 years old, has died on November 30 in Manhattan, his sister said Tuesday. He was 73.
He died of natural causes, his sister, Linda Gross, said.
Gross was born in New York City on Nov. 6, 1937. After college, he studied under photographers Francesco Scavullo, Lisette Model and Richard Avedon.
Gross was the author of a controversial set of nude images taken in 1975 of a then ten-year-old Brooke Shields with the consent of her mother, Teri Shields, for the Playboy publication Sugar 'n' Spice. The images portray Shields nude, standing and sitting in a bathtub, wearing makeup and covered in oil, with two of the images being full-frontal. Mother and daughter received a total of $450 for the shoot.
In 1981 Shields attempted to prevent further use of the photographs but in 1983 a US Court ruled that a child is bound by the terms of the valid, unrestricted consents to the use of photographs executed by a guardian and that the image did not breach child pornography laws.
Though Garry Gross earned his reputation as a celebrity image-maker, in 2002 he switched careers and became certified as a dog trainer.
In addition to his sister, Garry Gross is survived by a brother, Steve.