Stephan Erfurt founded C/O Berlin, a Berlin-based foundation that exhibits photography from both emerging and world-renowned artists, in 2000. In 2014, the foundation took up its new headquarters in America Haus, a refurbished post-war U.S. cultural center built in 1956. Since re-opening, the foundation has emerged as one of the more energetic voices in a city bustling with cultural rewards of all kinds.
These days, work draws Erfurt to New York regularly: he meets with photographers and their estates; acquires and coordinates exhibitions; connects with donors; (he also makes time to visit the rare books department at The Strand). But in the 1980s, Erfurt was a working photographer in New York City, living downtown (first in a loft above Tompkins Square Park, and later above a movie theater on 3rd avenue), making connections, and hustling to make ends meet. In talking with Erfurt during his recent stay at The Standard, East Village, it becomes clear that much of his vision was forged in those formative New York years.