Photographer George Tice is turning 75 and he’s having at least four retrospective exhibitions of his work (60 years worth!) to celebrate. The most notable is at the Newark Museum: Seeing Beyond the Moment: The Photographic Legacy and Gifts of George Tice. Born in 1938 in Newark and raised by a single mother, Tice left school in the tenth grade to work in a local portrait studio darkroom. After serving two years in the US Navy, when he was just 20, the Museum of Modern Art acquired his photograph Explosion on the U.S.S. Wasp, 1959 (at the request of Edward Steichen, who was then the Museum’s director of the photography department). The Newark Museum exhibit (Sept 18-Feb 9, 2014) features 32 of his large format black and white photographs drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, some on view for the first time.
Tice still creates photographs the “old-fashioned way” (with his 8×10 view camera) and makes prints with film and chemicals in the darkroom. Photographers Bruce Wodder and Peter Bosco interviewed Tice on camera and followed him on the road while Tice photographed and created five new images for future publication. (He’s always working on one or two new book projects!) Their documentary film (Seeing Beyond the Moment) will premiere at the Newark Museum on October 13, 2013.
Other exhibits of note: Without Adornment: Photographs by George Tice at William Paterson University, September 9-December 13, 2013; George Tice: 60 Years of Photography at the Nailya Alexander Gallery in New York, (September 18 -November 5, 2013); and George Tice: A Photographer’s Photographer at the Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco (September 5 – November 16, 2013).