Well - without looking into it deeper - I find Sturges' work extremely creepy - along the lines of david hamilton (remember that guy??) taste-wise. One can't help but think it's solely for his personal titillation. I can't see a way to navigate out of that bind. And Mann's photographs of her kids? I don't think the nudity is an issue at ALL (for me anyway) - they're kids for god's sake. Her kids. They're not being sexualized the way that a Sturges kid is. But they're too emotionally close - (mann i mean) to be art. For me. It's impossible to distance the author from the subject enough. You can tell that there's nothing going on outside of the protective gaze of the mother.
It`s in the eye of the beholder I guess, but I don`t think Stuges are sexualizing any of his subjects at all , but you are.
And that Sallys pic are emtionally close, it`s just why I like them, and why I think it`s art.
-Digital is nice but film is like having sex with light-