Insider access: Stanley Marcus' "Designer Christian Dior in his apartment in Paris, France, April 1954."
Time capsule from the age of glamour: The photographer snapped his wife, Billie Marcus (seated at right), and pals at a cocktail party, location unknown, February 1960.
"Reflection of a Man: The Photographs of Stanley Marcus" was originally published in 2007 by Cairn Press. Now the niche publisher is opening its vaults, making available copies on the occasion of the legendary retailer's 112th birthday.
Stanley Marcus with his trusty Kodak Stereo camera at the stadium in Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico City, February 1957.
Neiman Marcus’ chairman emeritus Stanley Marcus (1905 – 2002) would have been a 112 years old this month.
He’s been called America’s merchant prince and lauded as the man who defined what the retail experience could be at its best — a passport to another kingdom, a land of glamour, beautiful fashion and intriguing culture that embraced travel too, and the elevation of a store into a temple to enlightened consumerism, customer service, and community.
But few known Mr. Stanley — as his employees fondly called him — as an artist in his own right. Now the indie, small-batch publisher Cairn Press is reviving a title that was brought forth originally a decade ago: Reflections of a Man: The Photographs of Stanley Marcus. After the book was first published, it led to a museum show too, at the Dallas Museum of Art, in 2008.
The few remaining, and collectible, copies of Marcus’ volume documenting his life as a photographer, will be available at a book signing at Dallas’ Barry Whistler Gallery, on Saturday from 1 to 3 pm. Co-authors Jerrie Marcus Smith and Allison V. Smith, will be on hand to autograph copies; they are respectively the daughter and granddaughter of the subject. Read an excerpt of Jerrie Marcus Smith’s remembrance of her father here, published in the photo journal 1814 Magazine.
In an interesting twist, Allison V. Smith, in Whistler’s stable and married to the gallerist, is an acclaimed photographer in her own right.
Via e-mail, Smith relays fond memories of her grandfather and his love affair with the medium: “Stanley loved cameras. He shot all kinds — Kodak Stereo, Nikon, Rollei, Minolta, Leica.”
And she writes of his mentorship: “Yes, Stanley was a major influence on me becoming a photographer. As soon as he saw that my interest… was more like a passion for photography, he fed me with postcards and books about photographers and photography.