Stockland Martel turns 30 this year. Thirty! It’s hard to believe, but it was three decades ago that Bill Stockland and Maureen Martel officially started the agency. At the time, the office was just a closet-sized room in Midtown equipped with two desk phones that weren’t even connected—if a call for Bill came in on the phone that was on Maureen’s desk (or vice versa), the two of them had to get up and switch seats.
More fun facts:
• They repped only two photographers back then: a lifestyle photographer and a still-life shooter.
• Photo repping was regional at the time, so their clients were all here in NYC.
• When they went on appointments, Bill and Maureen physically lugged the portfolios with them. They both joke that their backs still feel it.
• They typed the estimate for their first major job on a typewriter, using carbon paper and starting over when they made a mistake.
We’ll be celebrating their successful three decades (and counting) on the blog throughout the year. For now, we’ll leave you with this: the very first promo they sent out as a team, plus a photo of them at an industry event in the 1980s…