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George Tice
Date: American, b. 1938

George Tice was born in Newark and grew up in an itinerant family who divided their time between traveling the country by automobile and trailer, and stopping periodically at their home in New Jersey. He became involved with camera clubs at age fourteen, studied commercial photography briefly at the Newark Vocational and Technical High School, and worked as a darkroom assistant before enlisting in the Navy, where he served as a photographer's mate. Museum of Modern Art curator Edward Steichen saw Tice's widely reproduced 1959 photograph of a fire aboard the USS Wasp, and helped bring the young photographer to national prominence. After leaving the Navy, Tice worked as a home portrait photographer in West Orange, New Jersey, from 1960 to 1969. After a brief attempt at starting a photographic career in Hollywood, he returned to New Jersey. Since 1970, Tice has taught at the New School for Social Research in New York, and elsewhere. He is the author of eleven books, including Paterson (1972), Urban Landscapes (1975), and Fields of Peace: A Pennsylvania German Album (1970). Whether he is documenting the crumbling industrial architecture and deserted urban core of Paterson, the silent street corners in Atlantic City, the crossed legs of a female model, or the rocky coasts of Maine, Tice's photography is exceptional for its controlled compositions and superb printing. He is a master printer and darkroom technician whose images are characterized by a flattening of space, skies with uniformly gray hues, and the abstraction of nature.

Meredith Fisher
Handy et al. Reflections in a Glass Eye: Works from the International Center of Photography Collection, New York: Bulfinch Press in association with the International Center of Photography, 1999, p. 230.