Ruth Orkin was the only child of Mary Ruby, a silent movie actress, and Samuel Orkin, a mechanical wizard, and grew up in Hollywood during the heyday of the 1920's and 1930's. She was given a Univex camera when she was 10, and began developing her own photographs at 12. A passionate movie fan, Orkin was an avid autograph hunter, but soon began photographing celebrities instead.
At the age of 17, she took a monumental bicycle trip across the country to attend the 1939 World's Fair in New York City. At 21, she became a messenger at MGM Studios, but left because the cinematographer's union did not accept female members.
Orkin moved to New York in 1943. She took baby pictures during the day, and was a nightclub photographer. In the mid-1940's she became a photojournalist for many of the major magazines including Life, Look, Horizon, and Ladies Home Journal. In the late 1940's, she captured classical musicians such as Leonard Bernstein, Isaac Stern, _Serge Koussevitzky, Aaron Copland and others during rehearsals at Tanglewood and at Lewisohn Stadium in New York City.
In 1951 Orkin went to Israel with the Israeli Philharmonic, where she lived on a kibbutz for several months and photographed her experiences. She then went to Italy, and it was in Florence where she photographed her signature image "American Girl in Italy." She also traveled through Venice, Paris, Rome and London. Orkin first met PM photographer, Morris Engel at The Photo League, and in 1952 they married while making the classic film, "Little Fugitive." It was nominated for an Academy Award, and won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Francois Traffaut has credited the film with starting the New Wave. They went on to make a second award winning film together called "Lovers and Lollipops."
In 1959 Orkin was named one of "The Ten Top Women Photographers in the U.S." along with Dorothea Lange and Margaret Bourke-White by the Professional Photographers of America. Her priorities turned to raising a family, and Orkin used her camera to photograph her two children. First, her son Andy and three years later, her daughter Mary. From her Central Park West apartment, she watched the seasons change outside her window and for the next 30 years documented what she saw. These photographs became the subject for two books "A World Through My Window" (1978) and "More Pictures From My Window" (1983). Her monograph "A Photo Journal" was published in 1981, and exhibitions and lecture tours followed. In 1985, after a long struggle with cancer, Orkin passed away in her apartment surrounded by her wonderful legacy of photographs, and the view of Central Park outside of her window.
Livre Outside, quand la photographie s'empare du cinéma Au croisement de la photographie new-yorkaise engagée et du cinéma indépendant il devait forcément y avoir une œuvre, Outside est celle-ci.
Très riche, cet ouvrage documente les moments clefs tant photographiques que cinématographiques du couple Engel-Orkin. Un voyage dans le temps teinté de candeur et de gravité dans le New-York populaire. Un hommage dans un deuxième temps à un film révolutionnaire méconnu, Le Petit Fugitif. Stefan Cornic et la maison Carlotta films, spécialisée dans le cinéma de patrimoine, ont joint leurs efforts pour redonner les lettres de noblesses à des artistes oubliés par la postérité.
Morris Engel et Ruth Orkin en 1953 (Carlotta films 2014)
Une hi... Livre Outside : Quand la photographie s'empare du cinéma - Morris Engel et Ruth Orkin Outside, à partir de la matière du film culte, Le petit fugitif, salué par François Truffaut et récompensé à la Mostra de Venise en 1953, présente les différentes étapes du travail photographique et cinématographique de Morris Engel et Ruth Orkin. Par leur travail sur l'image, ce couple d'exception fut à l'origine d'un nouveau style cinématographique qui révolutionna l'histoire du cinéma.
L'ouvrage aborde leur formation, leurs références, leurs sujets de prédilection, les outils qu'ils inventèrent et leurs oeuvres, réalisées dans la presse et sur les écrans. Il offre ainsi, en plus d'une présentation didactique, tous les él... Livre Outside : quand la photographie s'empare du cinéma Outside, à partir de la matière du film culte, Le Petit Fugitif, salué par François Truffaut, présente les différentes étapes du travail photographique et cinématographique de Morris Engel et Ruth Orkin. Par leur travail sur l’image, ce couple d’exception fut à l’origine d’un nouveau style cinématographique qui révolutionna l’histoire du cinéma. L’ouvrage aborde leur formation, leurs références, leurs sujets de prédilection, les outils qu’ils inventèrent, et leurs œuvres, réalisées dans la presse et sur les écrans. Il offre ainsi, en plus d’une présentation didactique, tous les éléments iconographiques (photos in&eac... Vente Sale : Photography New york New york Artnet Auctions is pleased to present Photography: New York, New York, an auction dedicated to the city that never sleeps, with works ranging in value from $1,500 to 25,000.
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© Berenice Abbott (American, 1898–1991)
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© Sean Perry, Early Spring, N... Vente Artnet, Masters of Photography
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... Exposition Exposition : New-York Staff Picks IV New York – Staff Picks IV, an exhibition of photographs selected by the staff of Howard Greenberg Gallery, will be on view at the Gallery from December 11, 2014, through January 24, 2015.
An eclectic selection of images chosen by the entire gallery staff will include more than 80 well-known and little-known works by Bruce Davidson, Walker Evans, Louis Faurer, William Gedney, Bedrich Grunzweig, Dave Heath, Consuelo Kanaga, James Karales, Saul Leiter, Leon Levinstein, Joel Meyerowitz, Marvin Newman, Ruth Orkin, W. Eugene Smith, Iwao Yamawaki, Weegee, and many others.
Anonymous, Interior of Modern Steel Subway Car used on the IND Division, Early 1950
Howard Greenberg Gallery has an expansive and diverse inventory, with well over 30,000 photographs. The Gallery staff, comprised of 17 individuals with... Exposition PDNB Gallery presents the exhibition « New York City »
New York City is without a doubt one of the most photographed cities in the world. With its density of skyscrapers, ethnic neighborhoods, art museums, cultural centers, Broadway and Central Park, the Big Apple succeeds in being everything to almost everyone.
Many notable photographers have established their careers in New York. With all its wonder, their photographs have captured many moments of this rich, diverse city. So much has been documented here not long after the invention of photography. The architecture, city transportation, storefronts, Central Park, parades, children playing, mobsters, hot dog stands, uptown, downtown, ferries, the East River, etc. have all had their picture taken.
Untitled (Chestnut Vender), 1933 © John Albok
In the images presented ... Exposition Street Photography Selected Works from Six Decades
In the context of the 4th European Month of Photography Berlin, which is presented for the first time as a themed event, the Kunsthandel Jörg Maaß is pleased to announce the exhibition “Street Photography. Selected Works from Six Decades”.
The exhibition centers around vintage prints which document life on the streets through the decades. This wide overview begins in Europe in the early 1930s with selected black and white photographs from Ilse Bing, Bill Brandt, Brassai, Cartier-Bresson and others.
American Street Photography of the 1940s to the 1970s is represented by works from Harry Callahan, Louis Fauer, Andreas Feininger, Robert Frank, Leon Levinstein, Ray K. Metzker, Erika Stone and Weegee. The exhibition closes with color prints of iconic examples of Street Photography, such as ... Exposition Selected photograhs - From Brassaï to Cindy Sherman
For a number of years we have been gathering together a collection of photographs which has evolved into a substantial group, but has never been shown publicly. A selection of which we would now like to present in our exhibition 'Selected photographs. From Brassaï to Cindy Sherman'.
Our intentions are to provide a wide and representative cross section of our inventory, beginning in the late 1920s and continuing up to the present day. We focus on American and European photography; black and white, as well as color. We have chosen works - in addition to the significance of the individual artists according to certain central themes: the nude, landscapes, portraits and architecture, to name the most prominent.
Brassaï and Cindy Sherman are representative of the chronology of our selection, the ... Exposition The Vision of the Other: Modernity and the Photographed Face
KOWASA gallery presents "The Vision of the Other: Modernity and the Photographed Face", a group show which attempts to define the way in which the human face was photographically constructed before its abolition by Postmodernism. The exhibition primarily offers a thorough insight into the history of portrait photography with a special emphasis on the shift of the portrait from being a mere "extension of the painted body" to being the photographic genre par excellence. At the same time it highlights the aesthetic and conceptual evolution of early portraiture from Pictorialism towards a modernist experimentation and subjectivity.
The exhibition gathers more than 70 black and white prints whose protagonists are Coco Chanel, Ernest Heminway, André Breton, Marc Chagall, Dalí, Josep Pl... Exposition Ruth Orkin - The Making of a Classic The Michael Hoppen Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of photographs by Ruth Orkin including American Girl in Italy, one of the most recognisable photographs ever taken. Co-curated by Orkin’s daughter, Mary Engel, the exhibition will feature rarely seen photographs from Orkin’s travelogue encapsulating her experience in Italy alongside iconic images spanning Orkin’s career.
On August 22, 1951, on the Piazza della Repubblica in Florence, Ruth Orkin, a 29-year old aspiring photojournalist, took the photograph that made her famous. The image of a young woman walking through a thicket of men was considered risqué in its time but since then it has become one of the most famous pictures ever taken. The image is such a perfect and classical composition that some critics have questioned whethe...