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Erml, George (1945 (date of birth) - 2008 (date of death))



  • Existence: 1945 (date of birth) - 2008 (date of death) - 2008


George Erml (1945-2008) was born in Czechoslovakia and graduated from the prestigious Film Academy (FAMU) in Prague. After he graduated, he began a career in portraiture and architectural photography. In 1980, Erml and his wife and son immigrated to New York City where he established himself as a freelance photographer. He began taking pictures of glass, working with artists such as Tom Patti, Dan Dailey, Dale Chihuly and Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová. Erml quickly became sought after for his ability to capture the beauty of the interior spaces in glass.

During the course of his career, Erml held nine solo exhibitions in the United States, Denmark, Italy and the Czech Republic. The George Eastman House in Rochester, NY, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, the National Museum of Photography in Jindrichuv Hradec, and the Moravian Gallery in Brno all have photographs by Erml in their permanent collections.


Heller, D. (2008). Depth of field: George Erml (1945-2008) brought an artist's understanding to the documentation of work in glass. GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly, (no. 111), 88.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Art Centrum Collection

 Collection — Box 01: [Barcode: 5000009873], Folder: 05
Identifier: SC-0005
Scope and Contents

This small collection contains large format photographic prints of glass objects sold through Art Centrum. Of the seventeen prints, thirteen of these are labeled on the back with the name of Czech Glass Artist, Vaclav Cigler. The other four prints have information about the object and pricing written on the back. These four prints are stamped by photographer George (Jiří) Erml.

Dates: Circa 1977-1989

George Erml Photographs

Identifier: MS-0177
Scope and Contents

The George Erml Photographs, a set of images created by a Czech-American architectural and portrait photographer, is arranged in two series:

1. Photographs of Glass Artists' Works, Undated

2. Photographs of Glass Artists, Undated

Dates: Circa 1965-2000