Bill Stockland and Maureen Martel, founders of the photo-representation agency Stockland Martel, have announced that the agency permanently closed on December 31st, 2017.
The famed agency was founded in 1983 in New York City, where it went on to represent some of the most notable photographers of the last three decades, including Walter Iooss, Art Streiber, Lauren Greenfield, Nadav Kander, and many others. The agency represented up to 25 commercial photographers at any given time across a variety of genres, including fashion, food, sports, and more.
The duo announced the agency’s closure on its website home page, explaining that they have retired from the business with plans to explore different interests, among other things. The statement reads, in full:
After more than three successful, exhilarating, and memorable decades, we decided to retire and begin a new chapter in our lives. We are looking forward to enjoying life at a slower pace, exploring new interests, and spending more time with family and friends.
We have been honored to represent some of the most talented photographers in the industry and are grateful for the trust they invested in us. Together, we built a business that we will forever be proud of, one that endured and thrived despite the many ways in which commercial photography has evolved since we began in 1983.
Stockland Martel has been the center of our lives for so long, and we have made so many wonderful friends along the way. We thank all of you for your collaboration and support over the years, and we wish you all continued success.