Arlene Collins specializes in documenting remote cultures and changing civilizations around the world. She currently produces and leads international photography workshops, offers a master photography class and topic-specific short courses in her New York City studio, lectures in the United States and abroad, and consults privately with a number of clients.
Arlene studied with Lisette Model. She is an Associate Professor at Parsons School of Design, and for 15 years she taught in the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Program at the International Center of Photography in New York City.
Arlene is a world traveler, and the list of countries she has not yet visited or worked in continues to shrink. She has photographed in more than 60 international locations. She has lectured in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma), at the Fototeca Center in Havana, Cuba, and at the Istanbul Center of Photography in Turkey, and she has taught workshops at the Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City; ROSPHOTO, the Russian State Center of Photography in St. Petersburg, Russia; at the Three Shadows Photography Center in Beijing, China; and in Lahore, Pakistan. In addition, Arlene has led intensive workshops to Turkey, Morocco, Mali, Ethiopia, Papua New Guinea, Tibet, China, Mongolia, Burma, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Bhutan, Argentina, India, Cuba, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and to Kamchatka in eastern Russia.
Arlene has created several long-term photography essays, including Boxing in New York City, Moscow, and Bangkok, and essays on the Rodeo in New Jersey and Voodoo in Western Africa, and she has documented the abandoned sites of Pripyat and the nuclear reactor at Chernobyl in Ukraine, and the Vogelsang Russian military base in Germany. As she continues her international travels, Arlene also adds to her ongoing photographic essay on “UNESCO-designated” World Heritage Sites.
Arlene continues to travel and teach workshops around the world. Recently she returned from photographing in North Korea, and she plans to conduct upcoming workshops in Georgia and Armenia.