Renowned marine photographer and chronicler Stanley Z. Rosenfeld began at an early age to assist his father, Morris Rosenfeld, in marine photography. Stanley worked both in the field and in the darkroom. From an early age, he drove the Rosenfeld chase boat, FOTO. In WWII, Stanley became a combat photographer in the Pacific. Upon Morris’ death in 1968, Stanley continued the business, but in 1981 he closed the studio, putting their unique collection of images in storage, until it was purchased by Mystic Seaport in 1984.
Not only was Stanley the preeminent yacht photographer of his time, but also he was a notable author on the subject of the America’s Cup competition. Stanley worked tirelessly to assemble and preserve the family’s photographic and written legacy of the Cup.
The history of the America’s Cup owes a debt of gratitude to the legendary Rosenfelds, whose zeal and passion for great sailing photography has produced some of the most remarkable photographic images of boats under sail, particularly those of the America’s Cup. Even more impressive is the comprehensive and meticulous nature of the collection, a photographic history that provides pictorial documentation of the America’s Cup competition from the turn of the century to the present day.