Oak Ridge Native, Longtime Hollywood Photographer George Holz to Speak at UT

Photographer George Holz, who attended UT, and is known for his fashion and celebrity photographs, will return to campus on April 14 to speak about his work.

George Holz In Los Angeles, 2014 (Photo by Glen Nakasako)

George Holz In Los Angeles, 2014 (Photo by Glen Nakasako)

His talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the UT College of Nursing. Sponsored by the UT School of Journalism and Electronic Media, the event is free and open to the public.

Holz will be talking about his new book, Holz Hollywood: 30 Years of Portraits.

He was born and raised in Oak Ridge and attended UT for two years in the mid-seventies, working as a photographer for the Daily Beacon and the Volunteer Yearbook.

Nicholas Cage, Photographed by George Holz for Premiere Magazine GH824 New York, NY 01/04/1999 Drum scan by BowHaus, LA, CA 06/24/2014

Nicholas Cage, Photographed by George Holz for Premiere Magazine
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New York, NY
01/04/1999

After attending UT, Holz graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and assisted for noted fashion photographer, Helmut Newton, who became his mentor.

As a fledgling photographer, Holz lived in Milan and Paris, where he shot beauty and fashion photographs for major European magazines such as Italian Vogue, and French Elle.

Holz later moved to New York City, where he set up his famous studio on Lafayette Street, traveling frequently to Los Angeles and Europe to shoot fashion, advertising, and portraiture for clients such as Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Records, Elizabeth Arden, Bacardi, Vanity Fair, and Harper’s Bazaar.

Cameron Diaz Photographed by George Holz for LA Magazine GH546 Santa Barbara, CA 01/26-27/95

Cameron Diaz Photographed by George Holz for LA Magazine
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Santa Barbara, CA
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His portraits have been shown in galleries and museums around the world. Holz’s exhibitions have included Original Sin and Three Boys from Pasadena–A Tribute to Helmut Newton, which was exhibited at Art Center’s Williamson Gallery.

He has lectured internationally at universities, workshops, and museums. Holz has collected a variety of prestigious industry awards over the years including a Grammy and a Clio. His photographs are represented by the Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles.

Holz‘s portraits are a virtual who’s who of Hollywood, including Angelina Jolie, Jack Nicholson, Cameron Diaz, Madonna, Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas, and countless others.

Jack Nicholson, Photographed by George Holz for Entertainment Weekly GH783 LA,CA 12/22/1997

Jack Nicholson, Photographed by George Holz for Entertainment Weekly
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Singer Mariah Carey offered this review of Holz and his book: “George is always focused on making me look the way he sees me when the camera isn’t rolling–capturing the essence of the real person, not just the persona.”

A review in Flux Magazine echoed that: “Yes, they are super slick and stylish but these are way beyond your usual star shots—you can see the real person shining through straight back at you.

CONTACT:

Amy Blakely (865-974-5034, ablakely@utk.edu)

Rob Heller, School of Journalism and Electronic Media, rheller@utk.edu)