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Ruth Orkin | the artist



The artist Ruth Orkin
Born Sept 3 1921, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Died Jan 16 1985, , .
Style and technique of the artist: Photography,


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Orkin was an award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker. Orkin was the only child of Mary Ruby, a silent-film actress, and Samuel Orkin, a manufacturer of toy boats called Orkin Craft. She grew up in Hollywood in the heyday of the 1920s and 1930s. At the age of 10, she received her first camera, a 39 cent Univex. She began by photographing her friends and teachers at school. At 17 years old 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 she photographed along the way…

Ruth Orkin (1921-1985) took photographs of musicians, celebrities, street scenes (abroad and in New York City) and, in later years, views from a window of her apartment on Central Park West (New York City)...

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