George Tice was born  in Newark, New Jersey in 1938 as part of the tenth generation in a long line of New Jerseyans. In 1953, Tice joined a local camera club at the age of fourteen. When a professional photographer praised his picture of an alleyway, Tice became more curious about the medium and studied photography at Newark Vocational and Technical High School. He soon enrolled in the Navy but continued practicing his craft. Edward Steichen stumbled upon Tice's photograph of an explosion on an American ship, and quickly purchased it on behalf of the MoMA. George Tice was particularly noted for his printing skill, and also served as a master printer for Steichen as well as printing the portfolios of Frederick H. Evans and Edward Weston. Tice's style began to take shape and he forayed into photographing distinctly American townships with large format cameras.


Tice's body of work has continually focused on the American rural and suburban landscape. The Lancaster, Pennsylvania series concentrates on the daily life of the Amish people and their integration with the landscape around them. Tice's other work features the architectural and industrial motifs that identify American society. Tice's photographs have been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and abroad. His photographs can be found in prestigious collections at the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago.