Ruth Orkin

Born in 1921 in Boston, Massachusetts. Orkin grew up in Hollywood where her mother was a silent-film actress. <br>
1939, Studied photojournalism at the Los Angeles City College<br>
1943, Served in the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps during World War II<br>
1943, Moved to New York City, began working as a nightclub photographer. She later became a successful freelance photographer, traveling all over the world and contributing to Life, Look, Ladies' Home Journal and other periodicals. <br>
In 1951, Life magazine sent her to Israel with the Israeli Philharmonic. Orkin then went to Italy, and it was in Florence where she met Nina Lee Craig, an art student and fellow American, who became the subject of “American Girl in Italy.” The photograph was part of a series originally titled “Don’t Be Afraid to Travel Alone” about what they encountered as women traveling alone in Europe after the war. <br>
In 1952, Married photographer, filmmaker and fellow Photo League member Morris Engel. Together they produced two feature films, including the classic “Little Fugitive” which was nominated for an Academy Award in 1953.<br>
In the 1970s, Orkin taught photography at the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography. <br>
Orkin is best known for her naturalistic urban portrayals of Europeans and New Yorkers in the '40s, '50s and '60s, and for a series of photos she took from her New York City apartment with a view of Central Park (A World Through My Window, 1978 and More Pictures From My Window, 1983)