In 1984, just four years after graduating from The Art Center College of Design, George Holz received the American Photographer “New Faces” fashion award. Four years earlier, following graduation from The Art Center, Mr. Holz had left Los Angeles and a successful business shooting album covers and moved to Milan in order to pursue editorial work. His decision to leave Los Angeles for Milan was made with the strong encouragement of Helmut Newton, with whom he had apprenticed while a student. Shortly after his arrival in Milan, Photo Italiana pronounced him “a new up-and-comer with a unique independent style,” and his photographs were soon published in Italian Vogue, French Elle, and Linea Italiana. American publications took note and his work was subsequently published in Mademoiselle, Harper’s Bazaar and Esquire.
In 1985 he moved to New York City and opened his own studio, expanding his growing reputation for creating portraits of celebrities and creating advertising images for clients such as Max Factor, L’Oreal, DeBeers Diamonds, Bacardi, Nike and Reebok, among many others. In addition to the publications previously listed, Mr. Holz’s photographs have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, Travel and Leisure, Premiere, Newsweek and GQ. Among the celebrities he has photographed are Madonna, Janet Jackson, Steven Spielberg, Shaquille O’Neal, Diane Sawyer, John Travolta, Val Kilmer, Oprah Winfrey, as well as President and Mrs. Clinton. His portraits have appeared on countless album covers, including Suzanne Vega’s “Days of Open Hand,” for which he received a Grammy Award.
In 1990, while on assignment in Texas, Holz found the skull of a steer and brought it back to his studio in New York. Intrigued with the shape of the bones, and eager to venture outside the parameters of commercial photography, Holz began to work with various skulls and collections of bones, juxtaposing them with the nude human form. He expanded his use of inanimate objects to include huge springs, saws, and machine parts—creating arresting compositions by incorporating these forms into his study of nudes. Ultimately he moved his work outdoors, exploring figurative and nude forms within natural settings and landscapes throughout the world. Many of the most evocative and stunning images have been printed in platinum and are displayed in galleries throughout the country and abroad.
Selections of his fine art photography have appeared in Collector’s Photography(USA), Zoom(France), Not Only Black and White(Australia), and Idea(Japan), among many others. His images have appeared in numerous books, including: Robert A. Sobieszek’s The Art of Persuasion; The Color of
Fashion, published by Stewart Tabori and Chang; and Nudes in Contemporary Photography, published by H20 Ltd. Holz has had exhibitions in New York, Budapest, Vienna, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and London, and his works remain on permanent display in museums at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, and the Centro Cultural/Arte Contemporaneo in Mexico City. He has taught at many photography schools including The Maine Photographic Workshop, The Santa Fe Photographic Workshop, Parsons School of Design, and The School for Applied Arts in Vienna.
Mr. Holz’s work can be found in prominent galleries across the country including Staley Wise in New York City and Fahey / Klein Gallery in Los Angeles. His book of nudes will be published in the coming year.
Hot House by the editors of Rolling Stone, Rolling Stone Press 2000,
Cross by Kelly Klein.
Soul Style by Duanne Thomas.
Love and Desire, William A. Ewing, Chronicle Books, November 1999.
Khaki Cut From the Original Cloth, Edited by David Fahey,