Born in 1938 in New Jersey, where his ancestors settled ten generations before, George Tice still lives and photographs there with passion and dedication. His book Urban Landscapes, which includes photographs from 1967 to 2001, celebrates his native state. It was published in 2002 in conjunction with a major exhibition at the International Center for Photography in New York. Point Light has exhibited many of his iconic images from this body of work, including Oak Tree, Holmdel, NJ 1970 and Petit’s Mobil Station, Cherry Hill, NJ 1974.
In 1972 Tice received one of the greatest honours that can be awarded to an American artist, a one-man show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Tice’s long career as a photographer includes many solo exhibitions, numerous awards and publications. His first book, Fields of Peace (1970) contains exquisite images of the Amish people and their farmlands in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The camera shy Amish allowed Tice into their community and the resulting photographs are superb, especially Amish Children Playing in Snow, Lancaster, PA 1969 and Two Amish Boys, Lancaster, PA 1962.
In 1990 Tice visited Yorkshire on a fellowship from the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television (Bradford). Influenced by the writings of the Brontes, J.B. Priestley and Bram Stoker, Tice’s photographs depict the literary landscape of the area. The book which came out of that sojourn is Stone Walls • Grey Skies (1991).
Tice photographs mostly in New Jersey and neighbouring New York, but also in Maine, and throughout the mid-west. He once commented, “If I were given the choice of traveling to China or Missouri, I’d probably pick Missouri. I want to be known as an American photographer.”
For much of his career Tice has been known as a master printer and there are few who can equal his meticulous technique in interpreting a negative. Today his vision is equally recognized. Tice is undoubtedly a master photographer and represents to us everything that is wonderful about his homeland.
In 2013 George Tice marked his 75th birthday and his 60th year in photography with the publication of his 18th book, Seldom Seen. Several galleries throughout the USA held exhibitions of his work, most notably the Newark Museum and the William Paterson University Galleries, both in New Jersey. A documentary film (DVD) of his life and work was released to coincide with these shows.
Point Light joined in the celebrations with an exhibition entitled George Tice – Jersey Boy and is privileged to have been representing George Tice in Australia since 1997.