Thursday, June 12, 2014
Stone & Steccati
Stamped on the back, "Photographs By DEAN STONE * HUGO STECCATI, 360 KEARNY STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA."
I did a bit of research and was able to dig up some info on the Stone/Steccati partnership. Herbert Dean Stone was born in 1918, in Alameda, California, but raised in Berkeley. He attended The California College of Arts and Crafts from 1936 to 1940. During World War 2, Stone served in the merchant marine. After the war, he and Hugo Steccati opened their studio in San Francisco, specializing in portraits, architectural and commercial product photography. The partnership ended in 1989. Stone was also a member of The Bohemian Club for forty years. He retired to Sonoma, California, and died in 2009, in an assisted living home in Mendocino. He was 91.
I found less about Hugo Steccati. He graduated, with honors, from The California College of Arts and Crafts in 1938. I don't know when he was born, and when he died. He did the photography for Table Settings: East Meets West in 1991. A book about, yes, you guessed it, table settings.