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‘What would these two gentlemen have to say about what is happening?

Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, November 18th, 2016

Harry Truman & Dean Acheson 1960 copy

What would Eleanor think??

Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, November 18th, 2016

Nixon Kennedy TV Debate 1960

Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Series of 5 11/14″ Silver Gelatin Prints printed by the photographer in 1994.
Photographed from a Capehart B&W Television in Zimbel’s living room.
Special Election price $12,500 U.S. until November 8th, 2016.
Contact the photographer or one of his fine galleries for details.

1.Nixon Kennedy HR©Zimbel copy

2. Nixon Kennedy HR©Zimbel copy

3. Nixon Kennedy  HR ©Zimbel copy

4. Nixon Kennedy HR© Zimbel copy

5.Nixon Kennedy HR ©Zimbel copy

My Favourite Photograph

Posted in Exhibits, Media, Opinion, Uncategorized on Monday, December 8th, 2014

The Goose, Bronx 1958   copy

After all these years of making pictures, I am often asked “What is your favourite photograph? (Canadian spelling) The answer is always the same: It is “The Goose” Bronx 1958. It was made on an assignment for a New York Times story on the Teamsters Union. As so often happened this photograph was not used in the final story, but in those days and still, I sold only one time rights to my work and retained copyright.. probably more important, the image didn’t disappear into an electronic file. There were none then. It was put into an archival negative envelope with a star next to it. That meant “Pay attention to me!” and I did.

I think it was first exhibited on the bulletin board of Professional Camera Repair, Marty Forscher’s shop on West 47th Street. My idea was to share stuff I liked with the many colleagues who were in an out of this wondrous place. That was a sharing time.

You will probably think “What’s so special about that picture? Well, to me it incorporates everything that is important about photography.. capturing action, capturing a special moment, capturing will notice I didn’t mention ART. That wasn’t important then. The wonder of reality was important.

In the late fifties I started doing serious projects for the U.S. Information Agency, including the County Agent Exhibition, The MIT Essay and The Atoms for Peace exhibition. I worked for Yoichi Okamoto the director of photography. He eventually became the official photographer for President Lyndon Johnson and in that post created an extraordinary visual narrative.

On the last day of the Johnson administration Oke wrote me a letter on White House Stationery. He told me that his favorite photograph, “The Goose, Bronx 1958″ hung on the wall in his office, just below the oval office. The reason was his wife wouldn’t have it hanging in their house!

“The Goose, Bronx 1958″ is now in the collections of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The International Center of Photography, NYC, & Musee d’art Contemporain de Montreal. There are a few prints available for sale, made and signed by me.

For Sale “Girl Among the Books ” 1969 – Vintage SG Print

Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, August 1st, 2014

Girl Among the Books ©George S. Zimbel 1969.2014
Girl among the Books 1969<br />
I have been photographing readers for over 60 years, but this is my favorite. I love children,I love books,… what more is there to say.

A note: I normally don’t go looking among my 8×10′s because I need larger prints for exhibitions, but on a recent summer day I went into one of my old 8/10 boxes and found this beautiful vintage print with Mrs. Monkmeyer’s writing on the back. I am harvesting my archive, so it is for sale. Contact me or one of my dealers for price and further details. I will include a signed copy of my “Le Livre des Lecteurs”/”Book of Readers” in the sale…george

Vintage Prints Redux

Posted in Media, Opinion, Uncategorized on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Dr. Baker & the Premie,Phil '53
The Premie,Philadelphia General Hospital 1953 Vintage print by Zimbel on Dupont Varigam SG/DW paper. 9 3/8”x 7 3/8” Trimmed flush,signed au verso with stamps Condition :Good with slight abrasions on edges. [Logged later #3394)


At 6:30 this morning I started to think about vintage prints. I always considered the subject a commercial one. It lets photographers and their dealers charge more for a particular image. David Vestal in a column titled “Rare or Well Done?” discusses the issue of vintage and limited edition prints in his usual thoughtful and thorough manner. His conclusion was that that the age and rarity of the print has nothing to do with it’s beauty. The most beautiful print of a 50 year old image could have been made a few hours ago. I know. I have many negatives over 50 years old.

So I was wrong about vintage prints., It’s not about money, it’s about history. To my surprise accepting this thought made me change my mind and head to my vintage box from which I picked the above. I realised why vintage prints are important. It has to do with what an image looked like at the time it was made. Concepts of the good print change and this is all important from a historical viewpoint. Papers change, developers change..digimania is taking over. If it’s about photographic history the date of a print matters. If it’s about art, it doesn’t.
Some museums consider the historic critical for their collections…and then again, some do not. I once offered to make a larger print of an image that MOMA had chosen. The curator said “We have chosen this print of this image. This is print we want.” Contrast that to a request I got from another museum for a vintage print of “Irish Dancehall, The Bronx 1954. “We will only consider a vintage print.” Well, there is no vintage print of the photograph..the few I had printed burned in a fire at my studio. A print I made in the 1980’s is certainly better than my originals, but it will not go on their wall.

So where do I stand now? In my mind I agree that a vintage print should be more valuable; in my heart where my creative resides, I think the most magic print available should be more valuable.

These are the kinds of thoughts that torment an old photographer. There are no answers so I just keep working.

©2007- 2014 george zimbel

Exhibition: Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, March 24th, 2014

Marilyn & Billy on Exhibit

Marilyn & Billy on Exhibit

Currently on Exhibition-Museum of Fine Arts, Houston[/caption]

What was it like when you photographed Kennedy?

Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Photographing Kennedy 1960

“Women’s Liberation NYC 1951″ – Happy Holidays from George

Posted in Media, Opinion, Uncategorized on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

The 3rd Ave El is long gone..I hope this little girl is still with us..she should be eligible for social security.

The 3rd Ave El is long gone..I hope this little girl is still with us..she should be eligible for social security.

The Pitcher Woburn Mass. USA 1955

Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, July 25th, 2013

  In 1955 I went back to my hometown to see what had changed..nothing!

In 1955 I went back to my hometown to see what had changed..nothing!

There are four 12/16″ sets, printed by the artist (Me) in 1996 on Agfa Classic SG paper. It will not be reprinted.
Contact me or one of my fine dealers for current price.

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