A retrospective of the late image-maker’s arresting photography has arrived in Europe, at Cologne’s Galerie Bene Taschen. Arlene Gottfried would often describe her photographic practice as “a life of wandering”. Born and raised in Coney Island in 1950 and then Crown Heights, Gottfried was interested in the people of New York and Brooklyn and felt compelled to document them for most of her life (when she died in 2017, she left behind some 15,000 photographs).
Fearless Miron Zownir was arrested, beaten with baseball bats and even shot at – but still managed to capture striking images of the Big Apple’s very rotten core.
These startling black-and-white pictures show the gritty reality of New York City in the 1980s. Photographer Miron Zownir captured the city’s seedy underbelly after years of decline left the streets infested with crime and drugs, long before gentrification and globalization took hold.