George Tice –  “Lifework – Photographs 1953 – 2013” Standard Edition

George Tice: Lifework: Photographs 1953 – 2013 – Book

Lifework chronicles the extraordinary career of George Tice, one of the most celebrated American photographers of the modern age. Beginning with his photographs of The Bowery in the early fifties, Tice has used his camera to document the people and places of everyday America that often go overlooked. This beautiful hardbound book contains photographs from all of Tice’s major bodies of work, as well as images that have never been published.

Standard Edition – $175

Book Details

•Introduction by the late Michael Miller
• Afterword by George Tice
• Slip cased Hardcover
• 12 x 12 in
• 318 quadtone images
• 384 pages

Learn about the Limited Edition Book – 100 numbered and 26 lettered editions with choice of print. Editions pricing


GEORGE TICE was born in 1938 in Newark, NJ, the state in which his ancestors had lived for generations earlier. He joined a camera club when he was fourteen and is largely a self-taught photographer. Two years later, when his picture of an alleyway was commended by a pro photographer critiquing club members’ work, Tice was off and running with what would become his life’s work. Tice studied commercial photography for a short time at Newark Vocational and Technical High School then decided to join the Navy. After, he worked as a traveling portrait photographer for almost 10 years.

In 1959, Edward Steichen, then director of photography at MOMA acquired Tice’s photo of an explosion aboard the USS Wasp for the museum. Later he aided Lee Witkin in establishing the seminal Witkin Gallery in NYC. His work was included in the opening group show in 1969 and the first of many solo shows there began the following April. George’s change to larger format cameras in the 60’s furthered his ability to craft carefully toned and detailed prints. He portrayed traditional Amish and Shaker communities, as well as the hard lives of fishermen in Maine. In the 1970s, Tice began exploring his native NJ and began to document the vestiges of American culture on the verge of extinction, the work he is best known for.  Whether it is the rural people who reside in small communities or suburban buildings and neighborhoods in decline, his great talent is finding deep meaning and emotional content in the most mundane subjects.

In 1972, Tice was honored as the first photographer to be given a solo show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, George Tice’s work is included in more than 80 major museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, as well as countless private collections. Some of his iconic New Jersey images form the scenic backdrop for Broadway’s “Jersey Boys.”. Tice has long been a sought after teacher of photography and  a master photographic printer who was commissioned to print the Edward Steichen portfolio. Tice received a Lucie award in 2015 for Lifetime Achievement in Photography. 

He began a series of publishing photography books in 1970 with Fields of Peace: A Pennsylvania German AlbumPaterson, New Jersey (1972), Seacoast Maine: People and Places (1973) expanded and updated in 2008, Urban Landscapes: A New Jersey Portrait (1975) expanded and updated in 2002, and Hometowns: An American Pilgrimage (1988), Seldom Seen (2013). He began discussing a retrospective monograph, Lifework in 2009; it grew from one volume to two, and back to one again, but at 5+ pounds, slipcased, 300+ images , nearly 400 pages printed in quadtone, it’s no less than THE definitive collection of Tice images ever published. 

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