George Holz was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in 1956. He graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in 1980. While still a student, he apprenticed with Helmut Newton, whose valuable advice enabled his career.
As a young photographer, Holz lived in Milan and Paris where he worked for major magazines such as Lei, L’Officiel, Vogue Italia and Elle Magazine. He then moved to New York and published his photos in famous publications such as Mademoiselle, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Elizabeth Arden and Nike. He has photographed many movie posters and album covers, some of which are very well known, including Face Off with John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, and Madonna’s Borderline.
His 2016 monograph, Holz Hollywood: 30 Years of Portraits, is a virtual who’s who in the worlds of film, music, television, sports and politics, spanning three decades. Angelina Jolie, Jack Nicholson, Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, Mariah Carey, Serena and Venus Williams, and Javier Bardem are just a few of the people featured in the book.
Holz gives international lectures in museums and universities, leads workshops and mentors young photographers. Holz’s work has been exhibited in prestigious galleries and museums around the world, and his photographs are part of numerous private collections.