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f³ – Freiraum für Fotografie presents Ruth Orkin’s first solo exhibition in Germany. Selected works by the American photographer, who is known as an extraordinary chronicler of the 1940s and 1950s, are on show from September 4 to November 21, 2021.

Ruth Orkin’s images tell stories: of the rise of America during the post-war era, the lifestyle of an up-and-coming society, and the expansion of  women’s roles beyond home-making and motherhood. Orkin was among the very few professional women photographers of the 1940s and 1950s. While her images were featured in the New York Times, Life and Look magazine (as well as the legendary MOMA exhibition ‘The Family of Man’), Orkin is still relatively little-known outside of the USA – especially in comparison to many of her male colleagues.

One of Orkin’s most famous photographs is the image ‘American Girl in Italy’. Captured in Florence in 1951, the picture shows Orkin’s travel acquaintance, Ninalee Craig (Jinx Allen) surrounded by admiring men. Jinx became the photographer’s friend and muse, and inspired her to create an entire series on the realities of travelling alone as a woman in the 1950s.

‘Ruth Orkin – A Photo Spirit’ was curated by Katharina Mouratidi (Artistic Director at f³ – Freiraum für Fotografie) and Nadine Barth (Photography Programme Consultant at Hatje Cantz Publishing).

For further details visit f³ – Freiraum für Fotografie

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