The Photographs of Ruth Orkin, a Pioneering American Photographer

  • Tuesday, January 26, 2021 • 4:30 pm
  • Virtual Event

Join Mary Engel, AB ’84, for a presentation about her mother, photographer Ruth Orkin, known for her intimate portraits in New York and abroad. Ruth Orkin established herself as a pioneering female photographer in a world largely dominated by men with her most recognizable image, “American Girl in Italy,” from 1951. During this 40-minute presentation, Mary will discuss her mother’s life and share her photographs, which showcase Orkin’s impressive and versatile career.

Ruth Orkin’s upcoming centennial will see various exhibitions highlighting her long and distinguished career. The year of celebrations kicks off with “The Photographs of Ruth Orkin: A Centennial Celebration,” featuring a diverse collection of her work, which will take place at Bonhams, New York. Other celebrations include a show at Tanglewood, the famed music venue in Massachusetts, which will feature her portraits of musicians such as opera singer Marian Anderson and composer Leonard Bernstein. There are also exhibits planned at Fotografiska New York and the Howard Greenberg gallery, among others, and German publisher Hatje Cantz is publishing a book on her career in the fall.

Please register for this event here.

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