Arlene Gottfried took her first pictures at Woodstock Festival. Born in Brooklyn in 1950, she has always been a fond people watcher and photographs New Yorkers both intimately and humorously.
Hardhitta Gallery presents an exhibition of Gottfried’s works at the Bruce Lurie Gallery, LA this September. It will feature 25 prints, spanning her career between 1970 and 2006.
Arlene Gottfried was given her first camera by her father Max when she was a teenager. In an interview with The Guardian, she explained how her upbringing influenced her work. “We lived in Coney Island, and that was always an exposure to all kinds of people, so I never had trouble walking up to people and asking them to take their picture.”
In the mid-1970s, Gottfried got her first commission from the New York Times. While she went on to photograph covers for The Village Voice, Life and the Times magazine, Gottfried was not a household name in photography. It was only until recently that her work gained recognition.
Gottfried is also a professional gospel singer and is the sister of the comic Gilbert Gottfried, the voice behind Iago the Parrot in Disney’s Aladdin.