Saturday, March 01, 2014

Ruth Orkin: Featured Artist

Every now and again I come across something that
gets me 
I love to learn new things!
And so, I just discovered 
Ruth Orkin.

From Wikipedia:

Ruth Orkin (September 3, 1921 – January 16, 1985) was an American photographer and filmmaker.
Orkin grew up in Hollywood where her mother was a silent-film actress.[1] She grew up photographing and in 1939, she studied photojournalism at the Los Angeles City College. In 1943, she served in the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps duringWorld War II.[2]
Orkin moved to New York City in 1943 and began working as a nightclub photographer. She later became a successful freelance photographer, traveling all over the world and contributing to LifeLookLadies' Home Journal and other periodicals. In November 1948 she sailed from New York on the ocean liner SS Argentina to film and write about its passengers for Coronet magazine.[3]
Orkin attended Photo League events but didn't become a member after they were blacklisted in 1947.[1] In 1952 Orkin married photographer, filmmaker and fellow Photo League member Morris Engel. Orkin worked with Engel as an editor and co-director on several independent feature films.[4]
Orkin is perhaps best known for her photograph, American Girl in Italy, taken in 1951. The subject of the now-iconic photograph was the 23-year-old Ninalee Craig (known at that time as Jinx Allen). The photograph was conceived inadvertently when Orkin noticed the men ogling Allen as she walked down the street. Orkin asked Allen to walk down the street again, to be sure she had the shot.[5][6][7]
In the 1970s, Orkin taught photography at the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography. She died of cancer in her Manhattan apartment at age 63.

Her most famous photo is the one she is standing by...
this one.

Don't ya just love her?
Her films have an artsy and photographic
feel about them
These are the two films that she was involved with.

A clip from this movie.

And the other...

A clip from this movie....

I'd like to take photography lessons from her, 
wouldn't you?

City photos possibly.....

I would have Joni Mitchel playing 
in the ear buds.
This song in particular.

dream on 

Hope your Saturday was

Love to you all,
my little butterscotch squares
(from See's Chocolates of course...)

(found a recipe for them on the net!!!)

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