Eugene George photographing church [following frame 7850]
Passion for photography

Like many of his other interests, George’s passion for photography began when he was a student at the University of Texas. His professor and mentor, Martin Kermacy, took pictures with an Exakta camera. George admired it so much that he bought one as soon as he could, despite the steep price tag. Although he later graduated to a Hasselblad medium format camera, the Exakta remained an important photographic tool.

A page from Eugene George's photo log book

As an exercise to improve his photography, George began taking meticulous notes about each frame in 1979. The photo records include the exposure, lens, film, subjects and location of each shot – sometimes even down to the exact GPS coordinates. George’s photo log books provide incredible detail for over half of the photographic collections.

George had an architect’s eye for historic structures around the world

Arches, vaults and domes
Façades and spires

George’s photographs served as an aide for his other interests

In a 2010 interview, George remarked that he took many of the photos and slides for teaching purposes and that he used photos of sites in the Rio Grande Valley and the Falcon Reservoir alongside various archival and historical documents as aids in his research. George's photographs were exhibited on several occasions and The University of Texas at Austin sponsored field trips to Nuevo Leon, Mexico, in 1991 so that he could photograph and document buildings for educational and exhibition purposes. George's photographic work illustrated several of his own publications, including the cover of his book on the Falcon Reservoir called the Lost architecture of the Rio Grande borderlands.

Photographs in these galleries include sites in Europe and North America