An Appreciation

GEORGE PICKOW, who died on December 10th, aged 88, was born in Los Angeles, but grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Following art training at the Cooper Union, he worked in all areas of photographic media, from making training films for the US navy during the second World War to illustrating children’s books for Scribner’s and the Oxford University Press. 

He also worked with his wife, Jean Ritchie, the famous singer, dulcimer-player and folk-song collector (whom he married in 1950) in the production and illustration of her many books on the traditional music of the Southern Appalachians, including the prize-winning Celebration of Life,and The Swapping Song Book(1952), a volume of songs from her native Cumberland Mountains of Kentucky.

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