Ruth Orkin was an award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker. She grew up in Hollywood and received her first camera when she was 10. At 17, she took a monumental bicycle trip across the United States from Los Angeles to New York City to see the 1939 World’s Fair and photographed along the way. Orkin moved to New York in 1943 and worked for numerous magazines. In 1951, Life magazine sent her to Israel with the Israeli Philharmonic. Orkin later went to Italy where she met Nina Lee Craig, who became the subject of American Girl in Italy. Orkin married the photographer and filmmaker Morris Engel in 1952, and together they made two feature films, including Little Fugitive, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 1953. (Photo shot in New York, NY, USA, 1947. Photo sponsors: Wayne and Carolyn Ridout.)


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