George Mugnier opened a commercial studio in New Orleans in 1884 but closed it in 1888. He continued operating out of his home for several years, then went to work as an assayer's clerk at the New Orleans branch of the U.S. Mint until 1894, at which time he joined the Photo-Electric Engraving Company of New Orleans as a photographer. During the ensuing years, George Mugnier worked variously as an automobile mechanic, a machinist, and in the photo-engraving department of the New Orleans Times-Democrat.
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"Today Mugmer's work can be viewed as both an aesthetic and historical document of a period of Louisiana's history marked by social, political, and economic change," write John R. Kemp & Linda Orr King. "The variety and complexity of Louisiana's heritage are vividly reflected in the patrician mansions, laborers' cabins, and the rivers and bayous" contained in Mugnier's images."