University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Bodie: Twelve Original Photographs

An Inventory of the Portfolio in the Photography Collection at the Harry Ransom Center



Creator: Tice, George A., 1938-
Title: Bodie: Twelve Original Photographs
Dates: 1965, 1971
Abstract: Limited edition, published portfolio, entitled Bodie: Twelve Original Photographs (New York: Witkin-Berley, 1971), containing 12 gelatin silver prints by George A. Tice (American, born 1938).
Call Number: Photography Collection PH-02704
Extent: 1 portfolio, 12 gelatin silver prints
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Biographical Sketch

George A. Tice was born October 13, 1938, in Newark, New Jersey. He spent much of his childhood moving around the east coast with his mother, but he considered New Jersey his home. Tice's father enjoyed photography as a hobby, and his son picked it up as a teenager. Tice briefly studied commercial photography at the Newark Vocational and Technical High School, but he left in 1955 to join the U.S. Navy. Tice quickly found a place in the photography department where he worked taking publicity photographs until 1959. His work with the Navy earned Tice recognition and led to a position with Edward Steichen at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1960. Tice continued to work with Steichen until Steichen's death in 1973.

Tice spent much of the 1960s raising his young family and working on his own projects, in addition to working with Steichen. He began to experiment with photographic essays tied to places and groups of people, notably several essays on the Amish in Pennsylvania. Tice prefers photograph books and porfolios as the means by which he publishes his work. In addition to his published work, Tice's photographs are included in museums and private collections, and he has been the subject of several one-person shows. He has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the the Arts, among others.


Scope and Contents

Limited edition, published portfolio, entitled Bodie: Twelve Original Photographs (New York: Witkin-Berley, 1971), containing 12 mounted gelatin silver prints by George A. Tice (American, born 1938). The photographs are views and studies made in Bodie, California, an abandoned mining town just east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The photographs were issued in a dark tan cloth-bound board portfolio. The prints are mounted on white stock marked with Tice's chop mark in the lower right corner and separated by cover sheets. The portfolio also includes an introductory essay from Lee D. Witkin (American, born 1935), gallery owner and writer. The essay is dated March 11, 1971. The Ransom Center's copy is number 36 of an edition of 50 copies and is signed by the photographer. The titles that appear in the item list were transcribed from the portfolio's list of plates.


Restrictions

Access:

Open for research. Please note: Transparencies may be accessed but require 24 hours advance notice. Negatives cannot be accessed without curatorial approval. Light sensitive materials must be viewed under low-level lighting. Some materials may be restricted from viewing. To make an appointment or to reserve photography materials, please contact the Center's staff at photography@hrc.utexas.edu.


Index Terms

People
Tice, George A.
Subjects
Photography, Artistic--1960-1980.
Places
Bodie (Calif.).
Document Types
Gelatin silver prints--1960-1980.
Photographic prints--1960-1980.
Portfolios--1960-1980.

Related Material

The center holds an additional portfolio by George A. Tice entitled Peekamoose: Twelve Original Photographs (PH-02705).


Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Gift of Steve and Joyce Hunt, 2016 (16-10-014-G)

Processed by:

Elizabeth E. Preston, 2017


Sources:

Sánchez, Marisa C. "George Tice."Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Photography, Lynne Warren, ed. New York: Routledge, 2006. (accessed via https://www.ebscohost.com on 29 August 2017)


Item List

Bodie: Twelve Original Photographs

Wagons and Buildings, 1965.
Gelatin silver print, 11.3 x 14.7 cm (image); 35.6 x 27.9 cm (mount).
Cameron House, 1965.
Gelatin silver print, 12 x 11.2 cm (image); 35.6 x 27.9 cm (mount).
Ward's Cemetery, 1965.
Gelatin silver print, 11.2 x 14.7 cm (image); 35.6 x 27.9 cm (mount).
Shop Fronts, 1965.
Gelatin silver print, 13.3 x 11.2 cm (image); 35.6 x 27.9 cm (mount).
Rocking Chair, 1965.
Gelatin silver print, 11.1 x 14.4 cm (image); 35.6 x 27.9 cm (mount).
Wood Detail, 1965.
Gelatin silver print, 14.5 x 11.2 cm (image); 35.6 x 27.9 cm (mount).
Shacks and Main St. Buildings, 1965.
Gelatin silver print, 8.6 x 16.3 cm (image); 35.6 x 27.9 cm (mount).
Church Steps and Blacksmith Shop, 1965.
Gelatin silver print, 11.8 x 11.2 cm (image); 35.6 x 27.9 cm (mount).
Miners' Union Hall, 1965.
Gelatin silver print, 11.2 x 14.5 cm (image); 35.6 x 27.9 cm (mount).
Tombstone, Catherine Holland, 1965.
Gelatin silver print, 11.2 x 11.2 cm (image); 35.6 x 27.9 cm (mount).
Cain House and Methodist Church, 1965.
Gelatin silver print, 11.1 x 16.2 cm (image); 35.6 x 27.9 cm (mount).
Cemetery Gates, 1965.
Gelatin silver print, 11.2 x 11.4 cm (image); 35.6 x 27.9 cm (mount).