Steefenie Wicks "Lost Portraits of San Francisco's Greek Town"

Event Date: 
Wednesday, April 16, 2003 - 14:00

This presentation featured a series of photographs developed from original plate negatives from the work of photographer Leonidas Pantotio. Pantotio was an unknown photographer who came to this country from Patras, Greece. When he left Ellis Island he adopted a new name, Leon Pantoti. In San Francisco he opened 'Photo Studio Patras' at 319 Third Street in the heart of "Greek Town." Ms. Wicks says: "In 1983 I was given a box of old broken glass plate negatives that had been found under the stairway of a building that was being torn down near the corner of Third and Folsom Street in the late 1970's. It was not until 1998 that I would take a closer, more curious look at them. Since then it has taken me over five years to discover the photographer, his community and to locate some of the relatives from these images that were taken over 80 years ago." This event was co-sponsored by the Hellenic American Professional Society.