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A first print of an old photograph: ” Ice Cream – Oconomowoc Wisc 1956″

Posted in Exhibits, Media, Publications on Thursday, November 5th, 2015

I am having an exhibit at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from September 2015-Jan 2016. At the same time a book of my photographs titled MOMENTO has been beautifully printed by Black Dog Press of  London, and last but certainly not least, there will be a documentary released soon by The National Film Board of Canada, titled “Zimbelism.”  I  invite you to visit my website and if you are so inclined, purchase a print to help with all these projects. You can deal directly with me or through one of my fine dealers. 
***Ice cream-Oconomowoc Wisc 1956's copy
Printed by gsz 20/16/2014 SG Paper, Signed au verso in pencil, au recto in carbon ink Log # 4002 ©George S. Zimbel 2014 All rights Reserved

Original Print from MOMENTO Cover

Posted in Publications on Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Blonde Girl & Black Dog  Queens NY 1962 This 20/16″ print made by George S. Zimbel in 1992 was selected for the cover of his new book MOMENTO which was released in November 2015. It is the permanent collection of the International Center of Photography,NYC and the Owens Art Gallery & Museum in New Brunswick. It was printed by the artist in his Montreal darkroom on Agfa Classic Silver Gelatin paper and is signed in pencil with his log # 2896. Signed au recto in ink. Enquiries about acquistion are welcome.

Bob Stein remembered

Posted in Media, Opinion, Publications on Monday, July 28th, 2014

Blonde Girl & Black Dog

Shot for Redbook Magazine Tay Sach’s story 1962. ©George Zimbel

I just lost another friend – Bob Stein the former editor of Redbook and McCalls Magazines. More important to me than these august jobs, he was a member of our floating poker club in New York in the 1950′s. The members were photographers Feingersh , Winogrand & Zimbel , the art director Alvin Grossman & the photo editor Sari  Grossman. Bob always won, he was so good at everything. Noone ever got mad .

The  last time we saw him was at the PBS party for the release of their Marilyn Monroe show.  A guy came up behind me and  whispered “It’s Bob”. I turned , recognized him, started crying and kissed him on the forehead in that order.  We had communicated by email, but I hadn’t seen him for a very long time.

The mark of Bob’s editorship  was an understanding of the important issues facing so called ordinary people. He realized that there are NO “ordinary people”. With this he transformed Redbook and McCalls and influenced all of the women’s magazines. Among the homemaker and fashion pieces he published serious articles about women’s issues and family issues.

I learned from his assignments that an “ordinary” subject could lead to seriously interesting  photographs . He did not always agree with my choice but he explained why. He had his vision. He went by it.

To me, he was a great friend, a constant friend, and so, another missing friend.

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The Magic Print

Posted in Exhibits, Media, Opinion, Publications on Sunday, January 19th, 2014


Yesterday I went online to witness a wondrous happening on YouTube. A top notch National Geographic photographer was demonstrating how he printed an entire exhibition of large prints. It only took an afternoon! To be fair he was working with superb scans made from his superb photographs on an awesome Epson printer. He could replicate those same prints with the same quality just by pushing a button!

I thought about working in my darkroom, printing from an excellent negative, and ending the day’s work with only one print that I would call “magic.” Of course the other keeper prints would be excellent as well, but the “magic” one is the one that works best for me. Often others disagree and choose another print from the same session – it’s “magic” for them, It’s a very personal choice.

I am printing less these days and only from negatives that I previously chose but never had time to print. Thinking about the magic of the digital age – just press the button – it’s a different kind of magic, and it’s a long way from my reality still.

In the coming months I will post some of these magic prints right here for you to see and collect if you are so inclined. As usual they will be available from me or any of my wonderful dealers… george

John F. Kennedy 1917-1963

Posted in Exhibits, Media, Opinion, Publications on Friday, October 25th, 2013

John F. Kennedy  - Tammany Hall, NYC 1959

John F. Kennedy, Tammany Hall  NYC 1959

©George S. Zimbel 1959/2013

Printed by gsz 20/16″/2001 Log # 3114









“Just Kids” – A group exhibit at Kowasa Gallery, Barcelona

Posted in Exhibits, Media, Publications on Friday, April 26th, 2013


1953- Sixty years ago I was busy. I’m still busy

Posted in Exhibits, Media, Opinion, Publications, Uncategorized on Monday, March 18th, 2013

Boy in a car, Nice France 1953LR58. Woman with beer, Heidelberg '53George Washington Bridge, NYC 1953- HWoman with tongue out , Nice Fr.1953103.Girl on Lion Venice 195392. Two women,two men, Venice 1953

96.Porter, Rome 1953 LR

<img src=”” alt=”1.Boy in a car, Nice France 1953 LR” width=”1500″ height=”932″ class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-1628″ /Little Joe Louis 1953

Kids on the lions, St. Marco Venice 195312. Three Black CarsNYC 1953 [LR 105]Domes of Venice 1953cote-d-azur-1953.jpgThe Premie, Philadelphia General Hospital 1953

Lost but found after 57 years..a negative in perfect condition

Posted in Exhibits, Publications on Friday, August 17th, 2012

Sometimes you get excited about a picture, make a print and put the negative in a “special place”..bad idea!. Recently as I checked five frames of Elaine from 1955 I noticed one at the end that was different . I took my magnifier out and shouted “Hooray”. I don’t know what a street scene was doing on the end of a strip of portraits of my dear wife, but there it was. It is now extant in three 16/20 SG prints..I immediately went into my lab and printed it on the new Ilford Art 300 paper which I am still testing. The original print was in my IVAM retrospective in 2000.


©George S. Zimbel 1955/2012

The lesson of Countess Sonya Tolstoy

Posted in Opinion, Publications on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

One the site of Elaine Zimbel under the category of “Book Reviews” you will find ” Sophia Tolstoy – A Biography” by Alexandra Popoff dealing with Sophia Tolstoy, the wife of Leo Tolstoy. After reading about this devoted multi tasker we are full of sympathy for all she had to bear in that crazy relationship and the dignity with which she carried it off.

Then we find that she was an extraordinary & imaginative photographer who worked with an early glass plate Kodak camera, developing & printing her work in a darkroom under the mansion stairs! After you read Elaine’s review you may feel ashamed if you ever complain that you don’t have time to devote to your passion – photography.

“Song Without Words, the Photographs & Diaries of Countess Sophia Tolstoy”, by Leah Bendavid-Val. (National Geographic Society)
[Autoportraits by Countess Sophia Tolstoy]


Sixty Years Ago in Paris …. that’s 1952 ! Photographs ©George S. Zimbel 1952/2012

Posted in Exhibits, Media, Publications on Monday, March 12th, 2012

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