Do you know Arlene Gottfried? If you had asked me that question two weeks ago, I would have shrugged my shoulders and answered: WHO? Right now though, I am rapidly turning into an Arlene Gottfried expert. This extraordinary New York street photographer unfortunately died last week – and it wasn’t until I read her obituary in the New York Times last Sunday that I realized who she was.
Over the last few days, I’ve been mesmerized by Arlene Gottfried and her work. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time at the moment to write a long blogpost about what it is I like about Gottfried’s photography. Instead, I’ll just let the pictures do the talking – I’ve made a small selection of photo’s I particularly like. I can look at them and realize I still have so much to learn as a photographer – even though it is exactly five years ago I bought my first decent camera (thanks for the memories, Facebook!). I’ve also included for your viewing pleasure an interview with Arlene Gottfried and a lecture she gave in 2015 at the New York School of Visual Arts. And then finally, don’t forget to check out Gottfried’s The Extravagant Summers of Vacationers in the Catskills – if only I could have seen it with my own eyes!