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Mommie : three generations of women

Author: Arlene Gottfried
Publisher: Brooklyn, NY : PowerHouse Books, 2015. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Mommie is a remarkable photographic portrait of three generations of women in the family of photographer Arlene Gottfried and an intimate story of the inevitable passage of time and aging. Pictured within, we are introduced to Gottfried's 100 year old immigrant grandmother, fragile mother, and reluctant sister over the breathtaking course of 35 years. An artist turning their eye on their own immediate family is a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Pictorial works
Portraits
Named Person: Arlene Gottfried; Arlene Gottfried
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Arlene Gottfried
ISBN: 1576877442 9781576877449
OCLC Number: 890360438
Description: 261 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Arlene Gottfried: my inheritance / as told to and written by Sara Rosen --
[Photo album] --
About the photographer.
Other Titles: Three generations of women
Responsibility: Arlene Gottfried.

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"Mommie is a remarkable photographic portrait of three generations of women in the family of photographer Arlene Gottfried and an intimate story of the inevitable passage of time and aging. Pictured within, we are introduced to Gottfried's 100 year old immigrant grandmother, fragile mother, and reluctant sister over the breathtaking course of 35 years. An artist turning their eye on their own immediate family is a well explored theme, but Gottfried has achieved the sublime with a multi-decade long commitment to document the intimate lives of her nearest kin. Gottfried succeeds in creating a complete twentieth century portrait of four lives inextricably interwoven through relation, sickness, need, love, and the absence of the only male in the family who passed away while Arlene was still young. Living as many mid-century Jewish New York families did, the Gottfrieds were not wealthy and lacked any trappings of luxury. Close examination of their world on Avenue A in Manhattan's Lower East Side reveals a dimly lit small apartment, cartons of budget saltines and groceries, chipped paint, damaged floor tiles, guarded loose change, and well worn clothes -- details natural to the lives of many families of immigrants in New York. Mommie is testament to the passage of time, changes in the generations, losing loved ones and a familial experience at once both similar and unique to all."--Publisher's description.

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