Hardhitta Gallery presents the first solo show of American photographer Arlene Gottfried (*1950) in Los Angeles, in cooperation with Bruce Lurie Gallery. The exhibition shows 25 cibachromes and silver gelatin prints taken throughout the city of New York and its surroundings between 1970 and 2006. Arlene Gottfried depicts her fellow New Yorkers with intimacy and valiance, revealing fascinating portraits of people who seem to operate outside of conventional rules and assumptions. For one photograph, a nude bodybuilder posed next to a Hasidic man and proudly announced, “Take my picture with him; I am Jewish too.” Elsewhere a man was sunbathing on a lounge chair in the middle of the West Side Highway, or a boy grinning in the freezer of a butcher’s shop in Boston. Through her special blend of the personal with the peculiar, the photographer forges a profound connection with her subjects, and draws viewers into remarkable and surprising situations. Today, the artist is looking back onto a photographic journal spanning more than 40 years – soulful and emotionally charged, wild and crazy, nostalgic and touching. Gottfried lives...
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