Ruth Orkin is a street photography legend : her atmospheric images taken in cities like Florence, New York and London still shape the image of these metropolises today.
But Orkin's specialty encompassed not only the urban but also the personal. This is evident in his unique eye that allowed his street scenes to consistently offer a penetrating insight into the period and personality of his subjects. And this is demonstrated in his fantastic portraits of celebrities such as Albert Einstein, Woody Allen and Lauren Bacall. These inimitable images seemingly combine snapshots and poses to present the star in her role and at the same time as a self-contained individual.
Published on the occasion of her 100th birthday , this illustrated book celebrates Orkin's life and work with an equally extensive and fascinating overview of the work of this exceptional artist.