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American Girl in Italy, Florence, 1951

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Timeless: Ruth Orkin's photos still resonate today

Documentary photographer became known for traveling great distances, capturing moods and waiting for just the right shot.

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American Girl in Italy, Florence, 1951

Iconic image

American Girl in Italy, Florence, 1951
Asking Directions, Florence, Italy, 1951

'Asking Directions,' Florence, Italy, 1951

Asking Directions, Florence, Italy, 1951
At the American Express Office, Florence, Italy, 1951

'At the American Express Office,' Florence, Italy, 1951

At the American Express Office, Florence, Italy, 1951
Negotiating with the Shopkeeper, Florence, Italy, 1951

'Negotiating with the Shopkeeper,' Florence, Italy, 1951

Negotiating with the Shopkeeper, Florence, Italy, 1951
Jinx through the Beads, Florence, Italy, 1951

'Jinx Through the Beads,' Florence, Italy, 1951

Jinx through the Beads, Florence, Italy, 1951
Jinx and Justin Flirting at the Cafe, Florence, Italy, 1951

'Jinx and Justin Flirting at the Cafe,' Florence, Italy, 1951

Jinx and Justin Flirting at the Cafe, Florence, Italy, 1951
Jinx in Goggles, Florence, Italy, 1951

'Jinx in Goggles,' Florence, Italy, 1951

Jinx in Goggles, Florence, Italy, 1951
Couple in MG, Florence, Italy, 1951

'Couple in MG,' Florence, Italy, 1951

Couple in MG, Florence, Italy, 1951
American Girl in Italy, Contact Sheet #2, 1951

'American Girl in Italy, Contact Sheet #2,' 1951

American Girl in Italy, Contact Sheet #2, 1951
Jinx and Ruth on the balcony, Florence, Italy 1951

'Jinx and Ruth on the Balcony,' Florence, Italy 1951

Jinx and Ruth on the balcony, Florence, Italy 1951

'Ruth Orkin in Italy,' 1951

An enduring friendship

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