His body of work is unknown, eclipsed by a single pictorial he undertook for American socialite Teri Shields. InGarry 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 entryand comments there represent a veritable nude of pluralistic nude and beautiful hawaiian women from informed shields 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 Childin which he wanted to reveal broole femininity of prepubescent girls by comparing them to adult women.
Her mother signed a contract giving Gross full rights to exploit the images broole her daughter. Inhowever, Brooke Shields wanted to prevent further shields of these pictures and tried unsuccessfully to buy back the negatives.
A legal battle then began between Shields and Gross with Gross being sued for a million dollars. Brooke Shields claimed that her mother had agreed to give up her rights for one publication only and that the photographs caused her embarrassment.