Erika Stone: A Social Vision

November 19, 2014 8:14 PM

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World-renowned photographer Erika Stone's work is currently featured in a retrospective exhibition at the gallery at Battery Park's Hallmark Senior Residence through December 10. Stone, a very spry 90 years of age and a Hallmark resident, was present at the opening reception November 10. "I love to talk to people about their lives, their life stories," Erika told filmmaker Lars Gerhard in the 2011 documentary Erika Stone: A New York Scene. A stringer for Time Magazine and Der Spiegel, she was assigned to photograph the biggest celebrities of the day -- Marilyn Monroe, Pablo Casals, Leonard Bernstein, Alfred Hitchcock, Marlene Dietrich and others. But she preferred to photograph the everyday New Yorkers she saw on her walks through the city: "I usually took one afternoon a week, my husband did the babysitting and I went and walked and photographed."

Erika originally moved to America with her family during World War II. They were Jewish, but her parents didn't tell her this until they left Germany, because they felt everyone around them was a spy for the Third Reich. She started making images at a very young age, doing her printing in the family...

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