The Late Brooklyn street photographer Arlene Gottfried gets renewed attention

November 26, 2018 Shlomo Sprung
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Brownstoner has written a feature article on the late Brooklyn street photographer Arlene Gottfried, whose photo collection “Sometimes Overwhelming,” originally published in 2008, was reissued this September by powerHouse books in DUMBO.

Gottfried, who died last year at the age of 66, was born in Coney Island and grew up in Crown Heights. While working as a typist in her youth, she purchased a camera and immediately fell in love with it, according to Brownstoner.

She later studied photography formally at Fashion Institute of Technology and got a job at an advertising agency, but continued to photograph the passing scene in her spare moments, Brownstoner said. Many of her photos were taken on or near the boardwalk in Coney Island and Brighton Beach.

“My photographs were like souvenirs; I liked to collect moments and remembrances of the people in the places that I visited,” she wrote.

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