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George Krause, American photographer, educator. Recipient prix de Rome American Academy, Italy, 1976-1979; Fulbright-Hays fellow Institute International Education, Spain, 1963, Guggenheim fellow, Europe, 1967-1976; grantee National Endowment for Arts, India, Italy, 1972-1979. With Military Intelligence, United States Army, 1957-1959.


Krause, George was born on January 24, 1937 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of George Krause IV and Sylvia (Canter) Krause.


During the 1950s, Krause studied painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography at the Philadelphia College of Art (PCA).


While serving in the US Army between 1957 and 1959, George Krause turned his full attention to photography, spending all his free time documenting the culture of the black neighborhoods in the racially segregated communities of South Carolina. Krause later moved in a less documentary direction, seeking images that were more ambiguous and open to viewer interpretation with projects dealing with cemetery monuments, religious statuary, and an atypical series of nudes. In the volume George Krause: A Retrospective published in 1991 in conjunction with a major mid-career exhibition, Anne Wilkes Tucker, the curator of photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, observed: “Krause explores intensely personal themes rooted in basic human concerns: sensuality, mortality, and mystery....His work is perpetually relevant because his issues are basic and vital to the human condition.

Few viewers leave his exhibitions unmoved—be it by indignation, horror, pathos, or wonder.” George Krause's work has been collected by many institutions including Museum of Modern Art in New York. The Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

The George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. The Library of Congress. The Bibliothèque nationale in Paris.

The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University. The Art Institute of Chicago. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

And the Milwaukee Art Museum. George Krause currently lives and works in Wimberley, Texas. Fulbright-Hays Fellowship to Spain in 1963\r\nCommission from Citizens’ Council on City Planning and the Philadelphia Foundation in 1966\r\nGuggenheim Fellowship in 1967\r\nPhiladelphia College of Art Alumni Award in 1970\r\nNational Endowment for the Arts in 1973\r\nBicentennial Commission, Philadelphia in 1975\r\nPhotographer in Residence, American Academy in Rome National Endowment for the Arts in 1979-80\r\nUnicolor Grant in 1983\r\nNational Endowment for the Arts, Filmmaking in 1985\r\nCultural Arts Council of Houston in 1986\r\nTexas Artist of the Year in 1993\r\nTylee Cottage Residency, Whanganui, New Zealand in 1997\r\nArtist in Residence at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2007.


  • First Prix de Rome in Photography Guggenheim Fellowship in 1976-77.


  • Other Work

    • Author, artist: monograph George Krause, 1972. Portfolios Saints & Martyrs, 1960-1970, 76, 80.


With Military Intelligence, United States Army, 1957-1959.


Married Patsy Johnson, November 1959 (divorced 1980). Children: George VI, Kathryn Jane.

George Krause IV Krause

Sylvia (Canter) Krause

Patsy Johnson

Kathryn Jane Krause

George VI Krause