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National Museum of African American History and Culture

Posted by: on September 22, 2017

I am pleased to announce that two unseen Ruth Orkin photographs taken at Penn Station in NYC in 1948 are currently in the EVERYDAY BEAUTY exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Another Orkin photo of Marian Anderson and Leonard Bernstein is in a video installation.

Everyday Beauty is the inaugural exhibition in the Earl W. and Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts (CAAMA). The exhibit uses the lenses of history

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CNN Article about Kathrine Switzer

Posted by: on September 22, 2017

http://www.cnn.com/…/boston-marathon-kathrine-sw…/index.html

Wonderful story about the fearless and inspirational Kathrine Switzer who is running in the Boston Marathon today 50 years later! Ruth Orkin captured her when she was proud to be a woman in the race in NYC which she won in 1974, and wore a dress to prove it!

Photo below right: Kathrine Switzer, 1974 NYC Marathon, copyright Ruth Orkin

  • 1st woman to officially run Boston Marathon to do it again 50 years later
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Eyes on Main Street

Posted by: on September 22, 2017

Ruth Orkin’s photograph “Comic Book Readers, NYC, 1947” included in recent exhibit in Wilson, North Carolina.
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new book Flaneuse by Lauren Elkin

Posted by: on September 22, 2017

Ruth Orkin’s photograph AMERICAN GIRL IN ITALY is included in this new book.

https://www.nytimes.com/…/rev…/flaneuse-by-lauren-elkin.html

Lauren Elkin’s “Flaneuse” is a tribute to the pleasures of aimless urban wandering and female style.
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CNN article – The Story behind ‘American Girl in Italy’

Posted by: on September 22, 2017
The woman featured in Ruth Orkin’s iconic photo sets the record straight.
CNN.COM|BY EMANUELLA GRINBERG
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Howard Greenberg Gallery – The Photo League exhibition

Posted by: on September 22, 2017

Ruth Orkin and Morris Engel’s photos included in exhibition about The Photo League at the Howard Greenberg Gallery in January, 2017

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Ruth Orkin early NYC Marathon photos in The Gothamist on Marathon Sunday

Posted by: on November 7, 2016

 Photos: A Look Back At The First NYC Marathon In 1970

 

This year’s race will mark the 40th anniversary of the marathon’s expansion to all five boroughs (previously it had been run entirely in Manhattan), which gave us more-or-less the route in use today.

The New York Road Runners, which organizes the marathon, estimates that this year over one million spectators will line the 26.2 mile course, marked by billowing royal blue banners and a wide river of trampled Gatorade cups. Millions more will watch live broadcasts on New York’s local ABC affiliate and ESPN2, as well as international media partners bringing the race to countries across the globe.

For New Yorkers, it’s hard to imagine the city without the marathon, which has made the first Sunday in November one of the High Holidays of New York’s civic religion. Yet to those who ran in the first NYC Marathon, back in 1970, the race of today would be unrecognizable.
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Jane Jacobs photo by Ruth Orkin included in new book

Posted by: on October 1, 2016

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Jane Jacobs and Ned Jacobs, NYC, 1961

Ruth Orkin’s photograph of Jane Jacobs included in new book “Vital Little Plans The Short Works of Jane Jacobs” by Samuel Zipp and Nathan Storring.

Vital Little Plans brings together for the first time a career-spanning selection of essays, articles, speeches and interviews by the great urban thinker Jane Jacobs.
The writings range from her earliest reporting on New York’s streets in the 1930s to selections from her two unfinished books in the 2000s. Some pieces shed new light on her ideas about cities, economics and ethics that make up her well-known books, like The Death and Life of Great American Cities and The Economy of CitiesOthers explore topics rarely addressed directly in her major works, from skyscrapers to feminism to universal health care to gentrification. Most importantly, Vital Little Plans reveals Jacobs as she herself wished to be understood: as a writer who tried to observe human life as closely as she could.
The book includes introductions and annotations that provide historical and biographical context, and connect the dots within Jacobs’ ecology of ideas.
To be published by Random House, October 11, 2016.

 

 

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Ruth Orkin photo included in video installation at The National Museum of African American History and Culture

Posted by: on October 1, 2016

 

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Marion Anderson and Leonard Bernstein, Lewisohn Stadium, NYC, 1947, Copyright Ruth Orkin

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts. Nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members of the museum. When the NMAAHC opens on September 24, 2016, it will be the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.

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New York Magazine fashion issue features Ruth Orkin photograph

Posted by: on September 30, 2016

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NEW YORK MAGAZINE issue devoted to fashion titled: “What We Wore” features Ruth Orkin photograph, “David in Penn Station, NYC, 1947” and many other photographs of fashions in New York though the years.

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