Arts & Culture

Sometimes Overwhelming

"Arlene Gottfried is a photographer with an eye and a mind on the city streets-an ‘insider' with an ability to capture images of life that are raw, real, hard-edged, and caustic, and at the same time affectionate, funny, and loving." … Read More

By / July 31, 2008

"Arlene Gottfried is a photographer with an eye and a mind on the
city streets-an ‘insider' with an ability to capture images of life
that are raw, real, hard-edged, and caustic, and at the same time
affectionate, funny, and loving."
-Ann Marie Rousseau, Photo Review

Before gentrification, New York City was a gritty and inspiring place.
And in its midst was Arlene Gottfried, whose eye for the sublime caught
it all. Sometimes Overwhelming, her second powerHouse Book, is a manic
yet romantic ode to the people of New York City in the 1970s and 80s.
From Coney Island to a Hasid at Riis Beach's nude bay to the disco
nights of sexual abandon and the children in the original Village
Halloween parade, Sometimes Overwhelming is a delightfully lighthearted
look at the most outrageous people you might ever see.

Arlene Gottfried was born in Brooklyn and graduated from the
Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She has freelanced for top
publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Fortune, Life, and
The Independent in London. Gottfried has also exhibited at the Leica
Gallery in New York and Tokyo and at the Smithsonian Institution in
Washington, D.C., among others. Her photographs can be found in the
collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, The New York Public Library,
and the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris. She is the
recipient of numerous awards including the Berenice Abbott
International Competition of Women's Documentary Photography. Gottfried
is the author of Midnight (powerHouse Books, 2003) and The Eternal
Light (Dewi Lewis Publishing, 1999). Gottried lives and works in New
York City.

Available at Powerhouse Books.