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Another Magazine: 1970s New York, Through the Eyes of Photographer Arlene Gottfried

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).

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Document Journal: Arlene Gottfried photographed the magic and madness of Old New York

A new exhibition, Arlene Gottfried: Retrospective (1950-2017), opening June 29, celebrates the extraordinary woman who stayed true to the city of her birth. Hailing from Coney Island, Gottfried came of age in Crown Heights, Brooklyn during the era of white flight, creating a profound sense of empathy and connection to those who have been systemically marginalized, if not outright erased.

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The Washington Post: Darkly humorous, thoroughly quirky and deeply masterful photos from the first years of Brooklyn’s Barclays Center

Jeff Mermelstein, one of the most prolific and widely acclaimed street photographers working in the United States today, was displaced by the multibillion-dollar complex that’s home to the Brooklyn Nets. You’d be right to think that this didn’t sit all that well with him. A little over a decade before the complex — which would include the Barclays Center — was built, Mermelstein and his wife had just bought a home that would have to come down to make way for all of it. But what many would take for defeat, Mermelstein found a way to make work for him.

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Schwarzweiss 130: Ein Leben für den Jazz

Die Galerie Bene Taschen in Köln zeigt noch bu zum 15. Juni eine Ausstellung mit Fotografien des berühmten Jazz-Fotografen William Claxton. Anne Kotzan stellt uns seinen Werdegang vor und berichtet von Claxtons legendärer „Jazz-Odyssee“ durch die USA zusammen mit dem deutschen Jazz-Produzenten und -journalisten Joachim-Ernst Berendt.

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