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  • Photo-Representatives was a photo agency founded by the photographers Erika Stone and Anita Beer in 1953.
  • Name:
  • Kind of Organisation:
    Photo Agency
  • Introduction:

    Photo-Representatives was a photo agency founded by the photographers Erika Stone and Anita Beer in 1953.

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  • Content:

    Photo-Representatives was a photo agency founded by the photographers Erika Stone and Anita Beer in 1953. In the male-dominated sector of photojournalism in the 1950s it was very progressive for two women to found a photo agency. The German émigré photographer Erika Stone certainly had good contacts through her work for Leco Photo and European Picture Service and from her time studying at the Photo League and the New School for Social Research.

    Very little is known about the agency, which was located close to Grand Central Station and other photo agencies such as Black Star, PIX and Three Lions and near the headquarters of a number of magazines and photo labs like Leco. Among the photographers represented were Weegee (Arthur Fellig) and Ellen Auerbach. Their images were published in magazines like Life and newspapers such as the Daily News.

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  • Known addresses in Metromod cities:

    155 East 42nd Street, Midtown Manhattan, New York City (1953–1959).

  • Signature Image:
    Stamp of the photo agency Photo Representatives (© Erika Stone, Courtesy of Katarina Doerner Photographs, Brooklyn, NY).
  • Bibliography (selected):

    Bonanos, Christopher. Flash. The Making of Weegee the Famous. Henry Holt and Company, 2018.

    Korbut, Sasha. “Erika Stone. A Moment that Lasted a Century.” Interview with Erika Stone, February 2015. Accessed 5 February 2021.

    Stone, Erika. “Es war ein Schock für mich als wir erfuhren, daß wir jüdisch sind.” Emigranten in New York, edited by Ellen Küppers, Klaus Boer, 1995, pp. 33–47.

    Stone, Erika. Mostly People. Fotografien einer deutschen Emigrantin in New York, edited by Sibylle Appuhn-Radtke and Helmut Heß, exh. cat. Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich, 2001.

    Stone, Erika. Especially People. Einfach Menschen. Photographien – Photographs. Gryphon Verlag, 2004.

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  • Author:
    Helene Roth
  • Date of Founding:
  • Date of Disbandment:
  • Participants (selection):

    Ellen Auerbach, Weegee.

  • Metropolis:
    New York
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  • Helene Roth. "Photo-Representatives." METROMOD Archive, 2021,, last modified: 03-03-2022.
  • Erika Stone
    New York

    Erika Stone is a German émigré, who moved to New York with her parents and sister in December 1936, at the age of 12. She went on to carve out a career as photographer.

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    Black Star Agency
    Photo Agency
    New York

    The German émigrés Kurt S(z)afranski, Ern(e)st Mayer and Kurt Kornfeld founded Black Star in 1936. The photo agency established was a well-run networking institution in New York.

    Word Count: 31

    Rapho Guillumette
    Photo Agency
    New York

    Founded in 1940 by the emigrant Charles Rado (1899–1970), Rapho Guillumette was a picture agency.

    Word Count: 13

    Three Lions Inc.
    Photo Agency
    New York

    Little is known about this photo agency, which was founded by two German émigré brothers, Max Georg and Walter Löwenherz in 1937 in New York

    Word Count: 25

    PIX Publishing Inc.
    Photo Agency
    New York

    PIX Publishing Inc. was a photo agency founded in New York in 1935 by photo agent Leon Daniel and Celia Kutschuk, together with German émigré photographers Alfred Eisenstaedt and George Karger.

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    Leco Photo Service
    Photo Lab
    New York

    Leco Photo Service was a photofinishing lab, highly-frequented and a contact hub for émigré photographers and photo agencies during the 1930s and 1940s, as well as a provider of employment for women in the photo industry.

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    New School for Social Research
    Academy/Art SchoolPhoto SchoolUniversity / Higher Education Institute / Research Institute
    New York

    During the 1940s and 1950s emigrated graphic designers and photographers, along with artists and intellectuals, were given the opportunity to held lectures and workshops at the New School for Social Research.

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    European Picture Service
    Photo Agency
    New York

    The European Picture Service was a photo agency located in Midtown Manhattan founded, probably in 1930, by the émigré photographer Max Peter Haas (1901–1985).

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    Ellen Auerbach
    New York

    When she arrived in New York in 1937, the German-born photographer Ellen Auerbach (formerly Rosenberg) had already passed through exile stations in Palestine and Great Britain.

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