Arlene Schulman

Arlene Schulman is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker who lives in New York City. 

She  started photographing the people of New York City when she was an eight year old living in Brooklyn. Using an Agfa 35mm camera handed down to her by her father who taught her how to shoot, develop, and print black and white film, she acquired her sharp eye for detail and an uncanny ability to demolish the wall between subject and camera to reveal the truth of who we are.

Ms. Schulman’s extraordinary body of work—immortalized in books of majestic photographs and in films and photographic essays—illuminates facets of New York City that the majority of us never see: gritty city living, boxing gyms, baseball dugouts, police officers on the beat.

Capturing the heroes, colleagues, and neighbors among us in gritty, straightforward, large format images that celebrate and ennoble the human condition, Ms. Schulman brings her life’s work together for the very first time. “Arlene Schulman: The First 100 Years” is a unique vision of life in New York City as she has lived it and a foreshadowing of what she—and we—may see during the next “100.”

She is the author of seven published books, including the award-winning, The Prizefighters: An Intimate Look at Champions and Contenders which features an introduction by Academy Award winning screenwriter Budd Schulberg (On the Waterfront, What Makes Sammy Run?, A Face in the Crowd); Cop on the Beat: Officer Steven Mayfield on Patrol in NYC; 23rd Precinct: The Job; Robert F. Kennedy: Promise for the Future; Muhammad Ali: Champion; T.J.'s Story: A Book about a Boy who is Blind; and Carmine's Story: A Book about a Boy Living with AIDS.

Ms. Schulman's photographs have appeared in numerous exhibitions and in many publications including The New York Times, The New York Daily News, The New York Post, El Diario-La Prensa, and others.

Her photographs are in public and private collections, including the Museum of the City of New York, the New York Public Library, and the Westinghouse Corporation.

For general inquiries and information about purchasing a print for your collection or to license a print for publication or other usage, she can be reached at

Please note that all work is copyrighted and may not be used without expressed written permission. 

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