Featuring photography by Arlene Gottfried and text by Miss Rosen, 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. This deeply intimate book is the perfect gift for your mom, grandmother, sister, or daughter this Mother’s Day.

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.

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.

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.

Notable Press

The New York TimesUnboxing Thousands of Photos of New York City in the ’70s and ’80s

The New Yorker: Arlene Gottfried's New York, Through the Eyes of Her Brother Gilbert Gottfried

DAZED: See Arlene Gottfried’s photographs of 80s New York City after dark

TIMERemembering Arlene Gottfried: Legendary New York City Street Photographer

The AtlanticThree Generations of Women, Photographed Over 40 Years

Upcoming: Mommie feature in The Pictorial List



Arlene Gottfried (+ Text by Miss Rosen)

Hardcover, ISBN 978-1576877449, 45 USD

Available for consumer purchase through Simon and Schuster here.
Booksellers can purchase through Edelweiss here.


Arlene Gottfried's other powerHouse Books titles include Bacalaitos & Fireworks (2011), Sometimes Overwhelming (2008), and Midnight (2003).

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