Please Credit Weegee From Photo-Representatives…

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(a screen shot from Notes on Photographs)
Please Credit Weegee From Photo-Representatives, in black ink, is stamped on the backs of thousands and thousands of Weegee photos.
(Of course which photos have a “Please Credit Weegee From Photo-Representatives” stamp is indicative of something. Presumably, only photos that Weegee had in his possession from around 1953 to 1959, or perhaps as late as the mid 60s, have a Photo-Representatives stamp, in black ink. These photos could have been made at any time. A photo, made and printed in the 30s or 40s could have a Photo-Representatives stamp. Perhaps at some point in the 1950s someone stamped all, or many, of Weegee’s photos with a Photo-Representatives stamp.)

Who, what, why, and where were Photo-Representatives?

Co-founded by Anita Beer and the great and brilliant Erika Stone. (www.erikastone.com)
Photo-Representatives was in existence from 1953 to about 1959.
In a January 1956 magazine article Beer and Klopfer write “… we felt that the gifted photographer, particularly the newcomer, had a definite need for personal representation since they were, generally, not too familiar with editors, publications and the constantly changing markets in New York.
This, added to the fact that most photographers find it more profitable when they concentrate on shooting rather than wasting valuable hours in making calls on photo buyers, resulted in the establishment of our agency.” ART P, January 1956, p.42
Photo-Representatives sells their “photographer’s work” and gets assignments for their photographers, researchers and discovers photo stories, does the billing and price setting, and “act as guides, critics, and friends in developing our photographers’ talent and direction.” Art Photography, 1956, p.30

Another quote: “Photography is a tough and highly competitive field and a photographer must use his ingenuity and artistry conscientiously to be able to succeed. If he performs well and dependably, we’ll do our part by being unsparing in our efforts to promote, place, and sell his work.” Art Photography, Anita Beer and Erika Klopfer, 1956, p.42

Where was Photo-Representatives located? 155 East 42 St. New York, NY, 10017, YUkon 6-6368 (Very close to the Chrysler Building)

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Art Photography, 1956, p.42

Great bio and info.
Gallery bio.

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Erika… and her people, Art Photography, 1954, (by William Stone)

From a Photo-Representatives info sheet, ca. 1953:
Introducing Our Photographers and Our Stock:

Weegee… Famous former news photographer and author of such books as Naked City and Weegee’s People… more recently known as the KING OF PHOTOGRAPHIC TRICKS… These are caricatures, kaleidoscope effects, double and triple images and every type of oddity you can imagine… JUST NAME IT, WEEGEE CAN DO IT
Mary Eleanor Browning… Medical subjects… large selection of scenics, pets…
Gene Lesser… Outstanding feature photographer and journalist…
George Daniell… Poetic, candid 35mm photographer…
Peter Buckley… Writer-photographer… famous for his books on foreign children… and bullfighting subjects…
Dimitri Rebikoff… Established in France… leading underwater photographer-scientist… available for underwater assignments…
Edward Lettau… Specialist in children and family life stories…
Horace Bristol… headquarters in Tokyo, Japan…
Bill Hughes… Speciality illustration.. Artist, as well as photographer… interesting techniques…
Paul Druckworth… Photo-journalist of such subjects as glamour, music… artistic approach.
Sonia and Andy Bullaty-Lomeo… Experts in doing art reproductions… also documentary pictures…
Jurgen Jacobsen… Glamour photographer and journalist…
Western Ways … Outstanding features on Western Subjects…
Stock… Most Everything… including scenics from every part of the world… children, pets, underwater subjects, street scenes, crime, nightlife, personalities, and documentary and artistic photos…

All Our Photographers Are Available for Assignments”

From a Photo-Representatives bio, ca. 1953:
“Weegee from Photo-Representatives
Weegee is a small man with bristly grey hair and round, observant eyes. He got his name as a news photographer for Acme in the 1920s… A book of his unvarnished New York by night photographs were published as ‘The Naked City.’ Surfeited with realism, he now enjoys fantasy, doing spectacular camera distortions and caricatures…”

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“A bad picture is a bad picture no matter how large it’s blown up.” Art Photography, Anita Beer and Erika Klopfer, 1956, p.42

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