Ruth Orkin featured in Vogue
January 31, 2021 - Kitty Grady
"A woman, wearing a long black dress and looking visibly uncomfortable, walks down a street in Florence. 15 men of varying ages surround her, all dressed stylishly in loafers and linen suits. Each one, from the far left to the far right, seems to look in her direction. Some loiter in doorways and sit drinking coffee. One man grins at her from his moped, while the man to her left almost audibly jeers. Trapped in the dead centre of the frame, the woman clutches her sketchbook, covers herself with her shawl and casts her eyes forward. She pops her leg backwards and moves. Chances are you have seen this image before. “An American Girl in Italy” (1952) is the most famous work by photographer Ruth Orkin – who would have celebrated her 100th birthday this year and is the subject of an upcoming sale at Bonhams. "
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Image: Ruth Orkin, Couple in MG, Florence Italy, 1951, silver gelatin print
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