Ruth Orkin

  • An Image of Innocence Abroad

    An Image of Innocence Abroad

    David Schonauer, The Smithsonian October 1, 2011

    After spending a madcap day in Florence 60 years ago, Ruth Orkin, an American photographer, jotted in her diary: "Shot Jinx in morn in color-at Arno & Piazza Signoria, then got idea for pic story. Satire on Am. girl alone in Europe." That's all it was supposed to be "It was a lark," says the woman at the center of Orkin's picture story. Nonetheless, one of the images they made together, American Girl in Italy, would become an enduring emblem of post-World War II femininity-and male chauvinism.

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  • At 83, subject of 'American Girl in Italy' photo speaks out

    At 83, subject of 'American Girl in Italy' photo speaks out

    Laura T. Coffey, Today News August 18, 2011

    The iconic 1951 image "American Girl in Italy" turns 60 on Monday. As its anniversary approaches, the stunning woman in the photo - Ninalee Craig, now 83 - is speaking up about it. She wants to explain what the photo represents, and what it doesn't.

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