RUTH ORKIN

Ruth Orkin began honing her photography skills as a preteen, and by her early twenties, she was working for major magazines. During her early career, she spent time completing professional assignments in New York. Prior to settling down with Morris Engel, Orkin took an assignment from LIFE magazine to photograph the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra in Israel. She didn’t immediately return to the States, but instead spent some time exploring post-war Europe. It was during these travels that she shot the iconic American Girl in Italy. After marrying, Orkin worked with her husband to produce two feature films. One of those films, Little Fugitive, garnered the couple an Oscar nomination. Mostly done with world travels, Orkin settled into New York life, but she never put the camera down. Orkin found plenty of subjects in the New York streets and Central Park, so she took photographs from her apartment window. Many of those pictures were published in the collection A World Through My Window and later in a follow-up collection, More Pictures From My Window.

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