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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  George Kufrin  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1926 in Chicago

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Kufrin lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

George Kufrin is an award-winning free-lance photographer. He began his career at the age of 14 working as a photo-journalist for 22nd Ward's West Side News. When he was 16 years old, the Chicago Herald American bought his photograph of a huge lumber yard fire, running it full page and putting it on the International News Photos, Hearst wire service. Kufrin served two years as an Army photographer during the Korean war and spent his sixty plus year career traveling across the United States photographing politicians, movie stars, titans of industry, musicians and artists. Kufrin’s photos have appeared in the ''New York Times'', ''Fortune'', ''Parade'', ''New York'', ''Finance'', the ''Chicago Tribune Magazine'', ''New York News'' magazine, ''Chicago'', ''Downbeat'', ''Science'', ''Chicago Sun Times'', and countless Fortune 500 annual reports. In 1981, Kufrin's wife, writer Joan Kufrin, authored ''Uncommon Women''. His photographs illustrate the book. ''Lucky George: The Unforgettable Adventures of a Free-Lance Photographer'' is the title of his autobiography. The book is packed with Chicago history and Kufrin’s photographs, the book chronicles his career that took him across America, photographing the movers and shakers of his time.


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Titles At Your Library

Lucky George: The Unforgettable Adventures of a Free-Lance Photographer
ISBN: 1482764962

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2013

The autobiography of Chicago’s award-winning free-lance photographer, George Kufrin. Packed with Chicago history and Kufrin’s photographs, the book chronicles a 50-year career that took him across America, photographing the movers and shakers of his time. John F. Kennedy, Barry Goldwater, Dean Witter, Lena Horne, Burt Lancaster, Nat "King" Cole, Maria Tallchief, Studs Terkel, Gwendolyn Brooks, Adlai Stevenson and Alice Neel are just a few of the hundreds of giants he has photographed over the years whom you’ll meet in Lucky George.