Three Generations of Women, Photographed Over 40 Years

Renowned street photographer Arlene Gottfried has created her most intimate work to date for her new book, titled Mommie. A collection of portraits of her mother, grandmother, and sister over the course of the last 40 years, it features them eating, getting dressed, and getting old, with little other information. Rather than caption the images with who, what or where, Gottfried allows the photographs, mostly taken in and around New York City, to speak for themselves. The women share everything, from clothes to cheekbones. The effect is of more than a series of pictures of a family; it becomes a portrait of time. “I wanted to try and capture them more,” Gottfried said to The Atlantic. “To stop time and hold onto them.”

Read more
Hints: View this page full screen. Skip to the next and previous photo by typing j/k or ←/→.

Most Recent

  • Leah Millis / Reuters

    Top 25 News Photos of 2021

    Powerful images from the past 12 eventful months

  • Jack Taylor / AFP / Getty

    Photos of the Week: Santa School, Snowy Soccer, Dinosaur Lantern

    A stranded whale in Chile, a graffiti competition in Spain, an empty Christmas market in Prague, a lighthouse above Lake Superior, a presidential campaign in Gambia, and much more

  • © Marco Gaiotti / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    People’s Choice: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021

    The Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest is inviting the public to vote for their favorite image, selected from a group of shortlisted entries.

  • NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team

    2021 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar

    Every day until Saturday, December 25, we’ll present one new image of our universe from NASA’s orbiting telescope.