Fred Marcus, who was a longtime wedding photographer in New York, often said: “When the wedding is over the photographs will last forever. So will the relationships we made at that event.”
Decades later both statements still ring true.
In January, the Fred Marcus Studio celebrated 80 years in business. The studio, which has always specialized in weddings, is one of the few multigenerational owned and run photography business still thriving in New York.
After more than seven decades on West 72nd Street, the company moved to its current 58th Street location in Columbus Circle in 2019. In doing so, they packed up thousands of photographs, volumes of digital archives and stirred memories created over the years.
They went from a 4,000 square feet space operating out of three different floors to 2,500 feet, which was all on one level, making it more cohesive for everyone to work. For over a month, they packed up 300 plus boxes, which contained 30 years worth of negatives and digital material, most of which were put in a storage unit. They moved to the new space with more than a dozen cameras, lighting equipment, large printer, photo backgrounds, and 50-plus albums filled with archival photos. The rent at their previous location was exorbitant, they said, and they needed a less expensive location.
According to family lore, in 1939, Fred Marcus was a 29-year-old escaped Holocaust survivor living in Cuba. He made money taking pictures of families on the beach.
“All he knew was how to take photographs and connect with people,” said his son, Andy Marcus, 71, who lives on the Upper West Side with Judi Marcus, his
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