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George Holz is an American photographer whose work spans 30 years and includes nudes, fashion, and celebrity portraits. He is a native of Oak Ridge Tennessee, and graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California in 1980. While at Art Center, Holz assisted for Helmut Newton, who urged him to move to Milan to pursue his vision. In Europe, Holz's work appeared in Italian Vogue, Lei, Linea Italiana, Madame Figaro and French Elle. After five years in Europe, he returned to New York City in the mid 1980's and opened a studio in the Village.

In New York, his fashion and beauty editorial work appeared in Harper's Bazaar, Interview Magazine, and the New York Times. Holz photographed many advertising campaigns for diverse clients including Max Factor, DeBeers Diamonds, and Elizabeth Arden. His "Gold" campaign for the International Gold Corporation won him a Clio Award.

In the early 1990's Holz's work segued into celebrity portraiture. He began shooting in LA and NY for clients such as Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, and In Style. He photographed major celebrities in music, film, sports and politics including Jack Nicholson, Angelina Jolie, Beyonce, Madonna, Michael Jordan and President Bill Clinton. Holz photographed movie posters including "Face Off" for Paramount Pictures with John Travolta and Nicholas Cage. Holz won a Grammy award for his photography on Suzanne Vega's "Days of Open Hand" album cover.

George currently divides his time between assignments in NY, LA and Europe. When he's not photographing, he lives with his wife, son and animals on their farm in upstate New York.

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