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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)

VINTAGE PRINTS

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.


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=”http://www.georgezimbel.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/1.Boy-in-a-car-Nice-France-1953-LR.jpg” 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


FOR SALE – ONLY TO A MUSEUM COLLECTION

Posted in Exhibits, Media, Uncategorized on Friday, March 15th, 2013

Marilyn Monroe "Leg Up NYC 1954 ©Zimbel One of only four sets in this size printed by the artist on 24″/20″ Agfa Classic SG paper for a retrospective exhibition in 2000 at Institut Valencia D’Art Modern in Spain. Signed in pencil au verso. More recently exhibited at Musee Populaire de la Photo in Granby Quebec. There will be no others printed by me in this size. Works from this series are in the collections of Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Musee des Beaux Arts de Montreal, ICP, Brooklyn Museum, Norton Museum, Musee d’art et histoire de Luxembourg, Musee d’art Contemporain de Montreal, Musee des beaux-arts du Quebec, Confederation Arts Gallery & Museum.
For information contact George S Zimbel or one of his excellent dealers.

Serious Marilyn, NYC 1954

Serious Marilyn, NYC 1954

© George S. Zimbel 1954/2013

Marilyn Expo=Musee Populaire 2012

George Zimbel Poster

Marilyn & Billy NYC 1954

Marilyn & Billy NYC 1954

© George S. Zimbel 1954/2013

6. Marilyn Monroe NYC 1954 ©George Zimbel Look Left © George S. Zimbel 1954/2013

5.. Marilyn Monroe  1954 Get Down [/caption :©Zimbel Get Down © George S. Zimbel 1954/2013

4. Marilyn Monroe NYC 1954 © The Toosh ©George S. Zimbel 1954/2013

3.  Marilyn Monroe NYC  1954©G.Zimbel The Flower ©George S. Zimbel 1954/2013


A holiday message

Posted in Opinion, Uncategorized on Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Little Joe Louis, Philadelphia 1953.

If he is still alive he would be over 60 years old..those dear children of Newtown, Conn. won’t have that chance.
Don’t forget the holiday of 2012. I won’t.
Please do something to make the world better in 2013. george


Another missing negative found.-Alan’s Dog – Prince Edward Island Canada 1977

Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

It appears that I loose negatives often..I don’t. In fact, I looked everywhere but in the proper file to find this. It WAS in the proper file and I have now made an edition of six 20/16″prints. That’s all folks, I won’t reprint.


Swann Auctions offers my “Enhanced Marilyn portfolio”

Posted in Exhibits, Publications, Uncategorized on Friday, February 10th, 2012

SWANN AUCTIONS
FINE PHOTOGRAPHS & PHOTOBOOKS
February 28, 2012 at 2:00 PM
Sale # 2270
Illustrated Catalogue : Full Details for Lot 73
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8z6T3tyVB3A

When the late John Cleary suggested that I do a Marilyn Monroe Portfolio from my Seven Year Itch session, I carefully chose nine prints. The idea of printing an edition of 50 was overwhelming, since I make and sign my own work. Of course I didn’t make 50, I think it was 19 and I stopped. Then the frequently asked question started happening: “Are there any other images from this shoot?” My answer” Yes”. I had printed and exhibited others, but I did not relish making another edition . I still print my own work. It’s a philosophical matter.
During a recent meeting with my friend Daile Kaplan, Director of Photography at Swann Galleries, I floated the idea of adding a number of my Marilyn exhibition prints to the existing portfolio in an edition of 1. She agreed and here it is. We call it “The Enhanced Marilyn portfolio”. It includes my favorite, “Serious Marilyn” which is in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum.


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