George Tate - Golden Bingo
1959 Vintage Las Vegas from poolside arrival to the Strip at Night
Limited Edition Archival Pigment Print
Image Size: 20" x 30"
Paper Size: 24" x 34" (includes 2” border all around image)
George Tate (1920-1992) displayed his uncanny ability to capture the giddiness and hope of a place and time through mesmerizing images of mid-century Southern California. His 1950’s work delves into the health and fitness life style of Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, California and shows the sands teaming with contestants, athletes and adoring crowds. Towards the late 1950s, he explored candid street photography showing the hustle and bustle of the city with endless sidewalks, coffee shops and storefronts as backdrops. His Venice Surfestival Beauty Pageant series from the 1960’s takes the best from his candid street photography and brings that back to the beach. Editorial in spirit, the images show what’s behind the smiles of pageant hopefuls as they fret and worry before taking the stage.
Tate worked as a photographer in the US Army during World War II and honed his compositional and aesthetic ideas at the Art Center School of Photography in Los Angeles. After completing his studies he worked as a staff photographer for Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. in their Guided Missile Section until striking out on his own as a freelance photojournalist.