George Valentine was the son of James Valentine, the founder of Scotland’s largest photography studio James Valentine & Sons, Dundee. Along with his brother William, George continued to operate the business after his father’s death in 1880, and was widely regarded as one of Scotland’s most prominent photographers. Because of his poor health, he emigrated to New Zealand with his family in 1884, settling in Parnell, Auckland. In 1885, Valentine came second to the Burton Brothers in the landscape photography category at the Wellington Industrial Exhibition. In his new country, Valentine continued to produce high quality photographs for the tourist trade, covering landscape, scenic, architectural and ethnographic subjects. Some of his most celebrated and iconic works were his images of the Pink and White Terraces both before and after the eruption of Mount Tarawera, and his images of thermal geysers and waterfalls. George Valentine succumbed to illness and died in 1890, having lived in New Zealand for only six years.