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Ruth Orkin
Nov 25, 2021 11:31:46   #
Since 1985, no Thanksgiving has passed without thinking of Ruth Orkin.

For a few years I was VP of the Southern California chapter of ASMP, and my principal duty was finding and convincing well-known shooters to come to a monthly meeting and speak, show some of their work, and take questions. When I learned the Ruth Orkin had business in Los Angeles, I contacted her. She agreed to come and make a presentation. A few years later, I was in New York for Thanksgiving, and among the dinner guests at my host's home were a couple of well-known shooters who also knew Ruth. They invited me to join them at Ruth's apartment on Central Park West, overlooking the park that was for many years her principal photography subject. It also happens that Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, a New York classic event, marshals and stages beneath her third-floor window.

But only Ruth is allowed to shoot through that window, her husband explained.

It's been many moons since that day, and Ruth Orkin is no longer among the living. Her work lives on. She was one of the world's leading street photographers, a peer and contemporary of the immortal Henri Carter-Bresson, Elliot Erwitt (who lived a few blocks from Orkin) and a handful of others in that pantheon. On this Thanksgiving Day, I invite all to Google her name and enjoy her work, which has stood the test of time.

Nov 26, 2021 06:27:20   #
JRD3 Loc: Richmond, VA
Thanks so much for the introduction to Orkin’s work.

Nov 26, 2021 10:35:02   #
Was just in new york and went to a museum called Photographica which had a whole floor for her story and photography. One of the best exhibits I've seen.

Nov 26, 2021 10:35:56   #
dpullum Loc: Tampa Florida
JRD3 wrote:
Thanks so much for the introduction to Orkin’s work.

Ditto, we learn reviewing the greats in photographic history.

Nov 26, 2021 11:33:42   #
badapple Loc: Twin Lake, Michigan
Wonderful photographer. Thanks.

Nov 26, 2021 22:13:30   #
Michael1079 Loc: Indiana
Remarkable photographer and lady!

Nov 27, 2021 01:26:48   #
Another marvelous post. The epitome of street photography. Thank for sharing.

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