George Phelps is a photographer and Greenwich native. He earned his BFA at St. Lawrence University (1979-1983) in Sculpture, Metal, Ceramic and Wood. After graduation, he taught art for a year at the Brunswick School. A passion for photography led him to the Rochester Institute of Technology where he earned a BA in Advertising Photography. Shortly thereafter, Phelps began working in New York City for fashion and celebrity photographers. He has shot images for Bloomingdale’s lingerie catalogs, movie posters and Rolling Stone covers. Phelps is now developing a fine art catalog of work that is separate from, yet influenced by, his years as a commercial photographer.
My interest in photography began at an early age. In 1972, at the age of 12, I began photographing family trips. This led to an interest in how different aspects of the camera could influence the look of the image. At the age of 16, I saved until I was able to purchase a zoom lens with my own earnings. This helped me embark on a life-long interest in capturing and preserving ephemeral moments.
My work is influenced by the style of Henri Cartier-Bresson and I have a strong interest in capturing design elements in nature or in man-made structures. The beauty is truly in the details, and I am a big believer in experimenting with photography to capture something new.