GEORGE FORSS is an internationally-known photographer of black and white New York City images. George has had one-person exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, The New York Public Library, and the Musée d’Orange in France, among many other venues.
George has photographed New York City extensively since the 1970’s. Early in his career, when George was selling his photographs on a New York City sidewalk, he was discovered by the renowned photographer David Douglas Duncan. In 1984, Duncan produced a book of George’s work called New York New York: Masterworks of a Street Peddler, published by McGraw Hill.
For almost ten years during the 1990’s and into the early 2000’s, we worked with George on what we call “The Access Project.” Through the gracious help of our clients and friends, we were able to give George access to some of the most spectacular, and occasionally rare, views of New York City. George’s keen eye for the complexities of the New York City skyline, along with this variety of unique locales, created a beautiful body of work.
It addresses both the most iconic and surprising aspects of the city. George finds just as much resonance in the World Trade Center as in water towers, the same beauty in the Concorde as in a grain terminal. George was able to have the city at his fingertips and with that opportunity, he created his own love letter to, and vision of, New York City.
Extensive documentation of his credits and bio is available at the gallery.
George Forss’s photographs of New York City are exquisitely printed silver gelatin prints. George has always done all of his own darkroom work. He is a master printer. Please contact us if you are interested in the availability of a specific image.
More Park Slope Gallery and George Forss News
We are very honored to announce that The September 11th Memorial & Museum has accessioned 58 of George Forss’ digital images of the Twin Towers and the World Trade Center. These will be used in various ways, including exhibitions, for their website, educational purposes, etc.
We just submitted all of the paperwork in early September of 2019, which was a very emotional experience. Beyond George’s work from the late 1970s, many images from the Park Slope Gallery Access Project were chosen. That was a project that we shepherded with George for almost a decade in the 1990s. We finished the last shoot in 2000.
I started to choose images, organize the material, do a layout, write captions, and describe the experience …when the unthinkable happened, and our world changed forever.
So, the book never happened, but George’s magnificent images live on…and now we know, amazingly, that they will be available and searchable as a document of history in this place, at that time, forever.
We are delighted to announce that George Forss, the immensely gifted photographer who we have represented for well over 20 years, is currently being featured at LIFE.com.
LIFE Magazine was for many years the source of superb photography by some of the world’s greatest masters of the art.
LIFE.com’s editors recently decided to broaden their website’s mission, and have begun to look at later photographers who worked in what might be called a “classic LIFE magazine style”.
And so, the site will be publishing pictures compatible with the legacy of those great photojournalists who, between 1936 and 1972, helped define how we remember much of the last century.
We are honored that George Forss is one of the very first such photographers to be included in that celebrated group.
LIFE is specifically featuring the photographs from The Access Project, in which many of you participated.
It was a collaborative process, as so many of you generously allowed George to photograph from rooftops and balconies, grain terminals and air traffic control towers… just to name a few of our adventurous locations.
As you might remember, David Douglas Duncan featured George’s earlier work in his book New York, New York, Masterworks of a Street Peddler. These were images that George created from locations he could walk to or bike to, but the Access images were your “special” views that you were willing to suggest and share. Our little entourage allowed him to take all the equipment he needed, giving him much more flexibility … and many more options than he had had before.
The Access Project ended in 2000. Then, in September of 2001, the unthinkable happened.
Now LIFE.com is sharing this portrait of New York’s last innocent era with the wider world.
Please visit the LIFE site at: LIFE.com.
View “Fifteen Years”: Images of the Twin Towers
The Incomparable Black and White Photography of George Forss
Silver Gelatin Prints 1977-2000View Gallery