Paper size: 8 x 10 inches. Illustrated: Erika Stone: Mostly People, Keyahoff, 2001, pg. Erika Klopfer; Frankfurt, Germany; 1924. Erika Stone began taking pictures at age ten in Munich, Germany, with a simple Brownie camera. Her family immigrated to the United States in 1936 as the Nazi regime was taking power, and soon after, her father gave her his Voigtlander Superb, a twin-lens reflex camera.
Erikas parents needed her help financially, so she could not continue her studies after high school where she had majored in art. Photographer Fritz Henle, a family friend, arranged a job for Erika at the professional lab, Leco.
Although she was originally hired as a go-fer, she learned darkroom skills under the tutelage of her boss, Leo Cohn, also a German immigrant. At Leco she was introduced to well-known photographers of that period: Robert & Cornell Capa, Chim, Halsman and others. Shortly after her training, The Riverdale Press hired her as a stringer and her early success soon demanded a darkroom beyond her temporary bathroom set-up.
Erika discovered the New York Photo League, located at that time on 21st. Street, and was drawn in by the talent and philosophy of some of its members such as Weegee, Paul Strand, Berenice Abbott, Sid Grossman and Walter Rosenblum. The basis of the Photo League was their idea of using the camera as a medium to instigate social reform as well as a means of documenting life; and it soon became her goal as well.Though primarily self-taught, Erika studied at the New School of Social Research with Berenice Abbott and later with George Tice. From 1947 until 1953, Erika worked for the European Picture Service and became a stringer for Time and Der Spiegel, both weekly news magazines. She has covered the Tanglewood Music Festival since 1947, capturing such greats as Leonard Bernstein, Pablo Casals, Aaron Copland, Isaac Stern, among others. From 1953 until 1959, Erika and her partner Anita Beer managed their own picture agency: Photo Representatives which handled the work of a number of prominent photographers including Weegee and Horace Bristol.
In 1954, Erika married William Stone, a writer and advertising executive. Shortly after her first son was born, Erika gave up the picture agency to focus on her family.
Erika became well known for her photographs of children and family situations and published several books both on and about children. Photography has indeed filled my life.
It has filled it with endless visual excitement as well as the challenge and satisfaction of getting moments, which have tickled my vision on film. Many subjects inspire me but none as much as capturing a special second in the life of man, woman or child. People are my favorite subjects and I continue to marvel at the diversity and uniqueness. They give life its fullness, its richness.
Their sorrows fill me with compassion and their joys move me deeply. To me, people are what the world is all about.
That is why my camera will always seek them out. City College of New York, NYC. New School with Berenice Abbott & George Tice, NYC. Member of the New York Photo League, NYC.
The Icebox Gallery, Minneapolis, MN. National Arts Club, NYC &. Haus der Fotografie, Burghausen, Germany.Thirty Years of Photography at the New York Public Library, New York Public Library, NYC. Funny Fotos, Zabriskie Gallery, NYC. Women of the Photo League, Higher Pictures, NYC. DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA. New York Public Library, NYC. Apex Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA. Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Museum of the City of New York, NYC. The National Arts Club, NYC.
The Center of Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ. Light Factory: Women of the Photo League, Charlotte, NC. International Center of Photography, NYC. The Center of Creative Photography, Tucson. Columbus Museum of Art, OH.Fine Arts Museum of Ottawa, Canada. George Eastman House, Rochester, NY. Maine Fine Arts Museum, Portsmouth, ME. New York Historical Society, NYC.
The item "Erika STONE Marilyn Monroe, Circus, NYC, 1955 / Silver / PHOTO LEAGUE / SIGNED" is in sale since Sunday, September 03, 2017. This item is in the category "Art\Art Photographs". The seller is "katrinadoernerphotographs" and is located in Brooklyn, New York.
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