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Synopsis: The pocket paragon series was formulated to highlight the work of talented graphic artists in affordable (and elegant) editions. No photographer we have published in recent years deserves more exposure or more acclaim than George Tice. He has the sensibilities of an urban romantic (the title of one of his books) and his work ranges from the resolutely rural (the Amish still clinging to a lifestyle that has all but vanished in modern times) to haunting still lives of an urban and suburban America whose tableaux of decay and casual abandonment, of genuinely majestic contradictions (the massive water tower of Rahway rising incongruously behind a hoary oak) present an America in the throes of change and yet somehow still clinging to a idealized past.
Tice is unusual, perhaps unique, in his affection for the forms that define our landscapes, and for his uncanny eye, as sensitive as Evans's, as precise as Atget's, for capturing images that are at once immediate and timeless, simultaneously modern and classic. This is his own selection of his best images, a striking collection of four decades of consistently outstanding work.
George Tice's images are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. Author of eleven books, he makes his home in Iselin, New Jersey.
For those who already know his work, thinking of Tice as a neglected master is, well, unthinkable. Fields of Peace (1970; rev. ed., 1998), his first book, with text by Millen Brand, is the finest single work about the Amish, and Tice's photos in it have acquired iconic status. This little showcase of Tice's own favorites from throughout his career does, however, make one wonder why his name isn't as well known as those of Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, and Edward Steichen. Photographing rural and urban, intimate and panoramic subjects equally skillfully, Tice produces supremely composed pictures, in that they are both sublimely still and exquisitely arranged. Undergirding each of them is, characteristically, a simple structural form--a cross, a curve, or a couple of either. These forms respectively anchor or hold a picture's subject with obvious warmth: note how a car fender "shelters" a drunk passed out on a Bowery sidewalk, how the branch of a tree "protects" a rusting old tractor in a New Jersey field. Although Tice's pictures often have a reassuring quality, he doesn't mind being disquieting, as in the astonishing "Water Tower, Rahway, New Jersey, 1994," in which either the tower looms behind a huge tree or the tree is devouring the tower, and as in the de Chirico-Magritte dream Tice found on the side of a furniture store in Portland, Maine. Ray Olson
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Book Description David R Godine, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Very Good. David R Godine; 2001; 8.03 X 5.68 X 1.42 inches; Paperback; Very Good; Very Good Softcover. Black ands white photos throughout. Previous owner's bookplate removed from back inside cover.; 96 Pages. Bookseller Inventory # 05031713
Book Description David R. Godine Publishers, Boston, MA, 2001. First edition. Softcover. 95 pages. Foreword by publisher David R. Godine. A wide ranging collection of Tice's images. A fine copy in French style wrappers. A nicely printed book. Bookseller Inventory # 150361
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Book Description Pocket Paragon, Boston, MA, 2001. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Fine. First Edition. Appealing selection of 80 photographs. Neatly signed "George A. Tice" on the title page and scarce thus. Crisp, clean and unmarked. Corners sharp. Signed by Photographer. Bookseller Inventory # 7838
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