Published on the occasion of the photographer’s 100th birthday, this illustrated book celebrates the Orkin’s life and work with an extensive and fascinating overview of this exceptional artist’s oeuvre.
Publisher: Hatje Cantz (2021)
Photo Credit: © Orkin/Engel Film and Photo Archive; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
Header Photo: Marion Anderson and Leonard Bernstein at Lewisohn Stadium, New York City, 1947
Book Specs: Ruth Orkin: A Photo Spirit by Hatje Cantz (2021) | Editors Nadine Barth, Mary Engel | Texts by Kristen Gresh, Mary Engel, Ruth Orkin; Graphic Design by Julia Wagner | English | 240 pp. | Hardcover | 26.50 x 26.50 cm | ISBN 978-3-7757-5095-0. Available here.
Ruth Orkin (1921–1985) was an award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker.
She studied at Los Angeles City College. Working as a freelance photographer, her pictures were published in magazines such as Life, Look, and Ladies’ Home Journal. World Through My Window (1978) is her best-known book of photographs.
Orkin developed an early interest in film while growing up in Hollywood. She was awarded an Oscar for the film Little Fugitive, which she made with her husband Morris Engel in 1953.
Video: Frames of Life (1995) 18 minutes | A chronology of the life and work of Ruth Orkin (1921-1985) | Written, produced and Directed by Mary Engel (Link to Orkin Archive Page).