COMPETITIONS AND AWARDS
In the world of competitive photography, Aronson has won dozens of medals and prizes in numerous local and regional contests. Five of his works-all contest prize winners-hang in the permanent collection of the Hackensack Meadowlands Development Commission headquarters in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. The New Jersey Audubon Society honored him in 1992 as "Conservationist of the Year" for his photography relating to preservation of the New Jersey Highlands. In the fall of 1993, he judged a New Jersey Highlands photo contest sponsored by the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC). He judged a photo contest sponsored by Bergen SWAN in April 2002.
George's interest in the Highlands led him to put together a talk highlighting its scenic, natural, and historic features. This narrated presentation, The New Jersey Highlands: Treasures at Risk, has been received enthusiastically by thousands throughout the area since 1991. His second major presentation, Sterling Forest: Threatened Bi-State Oasis, was created to focus on a critical resource just north of the New Jersey Highlands. Additional popular programs include New Jersey: A Study in Landscape Diversity and Wetlands: What Good Are They, Anyway?
In October 2006, he was the presenter of the annual Lehman Lecture at the Morristown-Beard School, Morristown, New Jersey. This annual program presents people prominent in art or architecture. George's topic was "Photography and the Environment: the Artist as Preservationist." The success of this event led him to add this to his library of available public programs.
THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION IN PHOTOGRAPHY
Aronson has merged his photographic and computer interests and has a fully equipped "digital darkroom." He now does all his own color printing, using archival inks and printing papers. He has produced professional color separations for work submitted to printers, and also is highly skilled in the restoration and enhancement of old, faded, and damaged photographs. He is constantly experimenting with new equipment, materials, and techniques in this rapidly-evolving field.
Digital videography has been added to his arsenal of tools to document the world, adding the dimensions of movement and sound to his work. His video projects have been used as highly successful fund-raising tools for a variety of non-profit organizations.
George, a Morristown resident since 1981, is a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Columbia and Brooklyn Colleges in New York City, with a major in mathematics and a minor in music. His memberships and affiliations include the American Littoral Society, Sierra Club, the Nature Conservancy, Morris County Historical Society, New Jersey Audubon Society, New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, Canal Society of New Jersey, New Jersey Land Conservancy, New Jersey Conservation Foundation, Sterling Forest Partnership, Environmental Defense, World Wildlife Fund, and others. He numbers among other interests his two grown daughters, two grandchildren, hiking, playing the piano and electronic synthesizers, and choral singing with both professional and near-professional groups both in New Jersey and major New York City concert venues.
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