Born in Woburn, Massachusetts in 1929, George S. Zimbel graduated from Columbia University. During his military service in 1951-1953, Zimbel took pictures of various cities in Germany, France, Italy and England. In 1953 he came back to New York to embark on his career as a freelance photographer, realizing photographic essays for various magazines and publications, such as The New York Times, Look, Pageant, Saturday Review and Architectural Forum.
The sixty photos on view of that era of the streets, the neighborhoods, the children of New York and the nightclubs of the legendary Bourbon Street in New Orleans document "the charm" of a daily life which no longer exists. He also portrayed personalities such as Leonard Bernstein, Hellen Keller, Mickey Rooney and Jean Seberg, alongside the Presidents Harry S. Truman (in the series “A President in Retirement”), John and Jacqueline Kennedy, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard M. Nixon. Zimbel also became one of the photographers who took pictures of Marilyn Monroe in the mythical session The Seven Year Itch in 1954.
In 1971 Zimbel decided to emigrate with his family from the States to Canada, expressing in this way his opposition to the War of Vietnam and to the climate of political tension the country was undergoing. In 1977 he obtained the Canadian nationality.