People

Doren photographed people on the streets, at festivals and in their own environments for decades. The Americana Series was his favorite and largest grouping of images.  He traveled throughout the United States and dedicated most summers to shooting new images.  Series on Italy, Greece, China and Scotland were among his other extended endeavors.

All images are copyrighted by the estate of Arnold Doren with all rights reserved.

 

Sturgis 1989
Sturgis 1989

Doren set up a booth with white backdrop and a medium-format camera to capture some participants in the annual Harley Davidson Rally at Sturgis, South Dakota. Approximately 400,000 people attended this festival celebrating the experience of freedom and the open road that is a legend for Harley riders. ( gelatin silver print)

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Crafts Fair 1971
Crafts Fair 1971

Doren did a series called "Children People" which was ongoing for forty years. The creativity of children and the imaginative things they often said, drew or painted were inspiration for Doren.

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Self Portrait Doren, 1974, New York
Self Portrait Doren, 1974, New York

Doren used all formats of film including this 4x5 view camera to document street scenes in New York and nature both in the city and nearby locations such as Nantucket. (gelatin silver print)

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Couple at Sturgis Rally 1989
Couple at Sturgis Rally 1989

Doren set up a booth with white backdrop and a medium-format camera to capture some participants in the annual Harley Davidson Rally at Sturgis, South Dakota. Approximately 400,000 people attended this festival celebrating the experience of freedom and the open road that is a legend for Harley riders. gelatin silver print

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Scottish Man and His Dog 1980
Scottish Man and His Dog 1980

Doren spent about a month photographing people in Scotland (1980) and used those images for a comparison study with Americans. He called it the Scottish American Series and the goal was to show similarities in the cultures. (gelatin silver print)

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Portrait of  Sandy (circa 1980)
Portrait of Sandy (circa 1980)

Doren's preference in portraiture was an environmental setting appropriate for the person. In this ideal setting the solitude and beauty is seductive. (gelatin silver print)

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Untitled 1970
Untitled 1970

Doren often took portraits of his neighbors in New York and North Carolina. The patterned dress with patterned wall paper and window lighting were important elements in this informal study. (gelatin silver print)

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Mother, Wellfleet, Maine, 1975
Mother, Wellfleet, Maine, 1975

Maine was one of Doren's favorite destinations and the home state of his brother, Morrie. (gelatin silver print)

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 Old Indian Man, New Mexico, 1982
Old Indian Man, New Mexico, 1982

When Doren took this photograph, the old man was not pleased because it took several minutes to read the meter and then to re-load the Rolleiflex camera. Doren explained that the camera was almost as old as the man and could not move quickly. The story worked well. (gelatin silver print)

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 Punk Couple, 1980
Punk Couple, 1980

Doren documented many youth subcultures from the counter-culture of the 1960s to the Punk Rockers and Skin Heads of the 1980s.

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 Odetta Performing in New York, 1990
Odetta Performing in New York, 1990

Doren shot music events at several venues in New York. This one was at the Museum of Modern Art.

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 Little Spouter, 1980
Little Spouter, 1980

Cape Cod and Nantucket were areas that Doren visited regularly beginning in the late 1960s. His outgoing personality put people at ease while he made photographs. (Gelatin silver print)

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Man of Many Patterns, Oklahoma, 1985
Man of Many Patterns, Oklahoma, 1985

This is one of the people Doren spotted along the roadside in Oklahoma. (gelatin silver print)

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Mother and Son, Maine, 1972
Mother and Son, Maine, 1972

The face of America is composed of the land and its people. Here Doren captured two family members diligently working to gather scallops.

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The 1989 Grateful Dead Show
The 1989 Grateful Dead Show

The parking lot of the Grateful Dead shows were usually packed with campers for a few days before the performance as dead-headers socialized. This was in the parking lot of the Greensboro Coliseum.

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 Boy and Pet Goat, 1982
Boy and Pet Goat, 1982

The Santa Fe and Taos areas provided numerous photographic opportunities for portraits and landscape shots. Aside from photographing daily, Doren collected artifacts and antique photographs from this region. He visited and admired Laura Gilpin among other artists in the area.

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Young Indian Woman, 1982
Young Indian Woman, 1982

The Santa Fe and Taos areas provided numerous photographic opportunities for portraits and landscape shots. Aside from photographing daily, Doren collected artifacts and antique photographs from this region. He visited and admired Laura Gilpin among other artists in the area.

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Festival in Central Park, 1978
Festival in Central Park, 1978
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