Approved biography for George Arcus
(Courtesy of Christian Peterson)
George Arcus was active in Denver during the late 1930s and early 1940s. During this period, his work was accepted by about eighty salons, among them those in Tacoma, Memphis, Minneapolis, Rochester, New York, and Leicester, England. The label he affixed to the back of his prints gave his address at Denver’s U.S. National Building, suggesting that he was a federal employee. Reproductions of his photographs appeared in the American Annual of Photography from 1941 to 1944 and in American Photography about the same time.
Arcus favored tabletop photography, fabricating small scenes, and staging figures with props, which he framed from a low vantage point. He shot with a Leica and made Kodachrome slides as well as black-and-white prints. His image Mary Stamats, showing a woman with short hair in a shiny shirt, appeared in the July 1942 issue of American Photography, and is known in at least two variants.
Christian A. Peterson Pictorial Photography at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Christian A. Peterson: Privately printed, 2012)
This biography is courtesy and copyright of Christian Peterson and is included here with permission.
Date last updated: 1 June 2013.
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