Finding George Tice

August 31, 2021  •  5 Comments

A Guy and a GullA Guy and a GullYork, Maine
A Guy and His Gull
York, Maine

I discovered George Tice though a video interview on YouTube. I'd never heard of him and I'm sorry I hadn't found him sooner. By the way, that's not George on the beach, just an anonymous fellow I happened to spot. 

Here's the video link if you have a few free moments to hear from a photographic artist discussing his life and craft:  George Tice

After watching the interview I looked him up and found that he published a book called "Seacoast Maine" so, of course, I had to buy it. I found it used on Amazon and because I try to avoid Amazon I ordered it direct from the bookstore listed.  They had it listed as "Collectible" which I liked because it usually means it's in better than usual condition.  Turned out it was in perfect condition, a First Edition, and signed by Mr. Tice.  Very cool if you're a bit nerdy about books (you know who you are). 

Tice is an old school film photographer and the images are all B&W but with the kind of contrast you get from a overcast Maine day, softer, lighter. These are not Instagram moments of in-your-face-gotcha! photographs. Many are just day-to-day scenes of small towns or people at work. They're lovely. He titles each image with what it is, a white church is titled "White Church, Stonington, 1971".  Most of the images are from the early '70s but by the end of the volume he's included some from the early 2000s. 

I've often felt that some photography needs to be among its brethren to be appreciated. Much from this volume would not stand on their own, they need to be shoulder-to-shoulder with images that tell of a place and time; that's where books like this shine. His most famous images are from urban landscapes in New Jersey, Patterson in particular and I'll be looking into those at some future time. 
If you appreciate this type of work, images that let you relax and enter an unfamiliar place, then I recommend you have a look at Tice's work.


 


Comments

Markus(non-registered)
Reading your post, I remembered the name and that I enjoyed his black & white style, but nothing specific any more. His book "Seacoast Maine" I could not locate at the usual sellers, not even A*****n (which I, too, try to avoid). This could be a case where a feature in a photoblog causes the sell-out of a rare book...

Maybe you could indicate the shop you bought it from.
Todd Henson(non-registered)
Thanks, Joe. I'd not heard of George Tice before. I'll be sure to watch the video. I know what you mean about some images needing to be seen in the context of a group or series versus standing alone, though that can't be said about A Guy and His Gull. :-)
Monte Stevens(non-registered)
I enjoyed the interview video. I also know nothing about him. A soft spoken man who is definitely a large format photographer. Thanks for sharing!
JC(non-registered)
I like the man sitting on the stone and shell filled beach. Slumped down low near the ground to avoid any unwanted attention. The contrast.

The harsh Grey Atlantic vs the deep Blue Pacific. The first is where ships go to die, the latter is where they go to thrive and have fun with sails bursting with wind.

The North Atlantic feels colder, more desolate, somber, less hopeful. I remember on a cold bleak Autumn rainy day visiting the Titanic Cemetery in Halifax where over 100 Titanic bodies are buried. I imagined the cold foreboding grey waters. Black and white photography captures the mood in a timeless way.
Jodie Hulden(non-registered)
Hi Joe,
I discovered George Tice at the Joseph Bellows gallery maybe 5 years ago. Most of the images were from urban scapes of New Jersey like you've said. They were stunning in print, nothing overdone about them, but so captivating . Now I have several of his books, but not this one. Thank you for the recommendation!
Jodie
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