George Krause explores intensely personal themes rooted in basic human concerns such as sensuality, mortality, and mystery. His work is perpetually relevant because the issues that are explored through his black and white photography are basic but at most times vital to the human condition. Few viewers leave his exhibitions unmoved--be it by indignation, horror, pathos, or wonder. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1937, Krause received his training at the Philadelphia College of Art. It wasn’t until he was serving in the US Army between 1957 and 1959 that he began to devote his primary interest to photography.
Stationed at Fort Jackson, S.C. at the time, Krause spent much of his free time documenting the culture of the black neighborhoods in the racially segregated communities of South Carolina. In 1963 Art In America selected Krause as the only photographer for its annual “Young Talent Award USA” exhibition which also included such newcomers as the painter James Rosenquist and the sculptor Marisol. At about the same time, Edward Steichen bought one of his photographs for the Museum of Modern Art. Krause has received the first Prix de Rome and the first Fulbright/Hays grant ever awarded to a photographer, two Guggenheim fellowships and three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1991, Krause retired from the University of Houston, where he had established the photography department.
George Krause now lives in Wimberley, Texas and is concentrated on works for his “Sfumato Series;” grandly scaled portraits and nude depictions of everyday people.
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