At 90, the American-Canadian humanist photographer George S. Zimbel is one of the last elders of photography faithful to the legacy of the Photo League, who in the fifties imbued their pictures with a personal commitment towards the people and the social landscapes they documented. Zimbel’s work is collected by major museums internationally, he has published numerous books and in 2016 he was the subject of an award winning feature documentary on his work called “Zimbelism”.
George Zimbel was married to Elaine Sernovitz, a writer and psychotherapist since 1955. On August 4th, 2017 Elaine passed away. George put down his camera, closed his darkroom and has since retired from public life.
George and Elaine have four children: Matt, Andrew, Ike, and Jodi and nine grandchildren.