George (circa 1974)

And here’s a photograph by George (with Bill and myself).

George was a brilliant avant-garde experimental filmmaker who supported himself through utterly straight, traditional, orthodox but technically flawless portraiture and wedding photography. The first time I encountered him was when I was invited to his warehouse studio where one wall and ceiling of the huge space was covered with white bedsheets upon which surrealistic and dream-like footage (think David Lynch’s “Eraserhead”) was projected as the audience mostly viewed from their backs on the floor. George was known for his unusual methods, including shooting night film of pimps and prostitutes and drug users surreptitiously from a concealed (!) Arriflex while being pushed about in a wheelchair.

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