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NY TIMES BOOK REVIEW – THE LEONARD BERNSTEIN LETTERS 12/14/13

Posted by: on December 14, 2013

 

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NEW YORK MAGAZINE – ISSUE ON CHILDREN 4/8/13

Posted by: on December 14, 2013

http://nymag.com/news/features/childhood/

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“LITTLE FUGITIVE” 60th Anniversary

Posted by: on January 30, 2013

FOR RELATED PRESS:  www.engelphoto.com/press

“Little Fugitive” is celebrating its 60th Anniversary with a one-week run at the Film Forum opening on Friday February 1 – February 7, 2013. Rich Andrusco the star of the film will be at the premiere on February 1.  www.filmforum.org 

FINAL60thPOSTERNominated for an Academy Award for best motion picture story and winner of the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival.  Included in the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1997!

Francois Truffaut said “Our New Wave would never have come into being, if it hadn’t been for the young American, Morris Engel who showed us the way with his production, Little Fugitive.”

Little Fugitive is the story of a seven-year old boy named Joey (Richie Andrusco) who runs away to Coney Island after being tricked into thinking he’s killed his older brother Lennie (Rickie Brewster). Joey’s adventures and Lennie’s search for his lost little brother make for a charming adventure that chronicles 1950′s New York in perfect detail. From the view under the boardwalk to a summer storm that clears the beach, Engel’s camera never fails to register the moments

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HARLEM IN THE CITY FESTIVAL AND EXHIBIT AT CITY COLLEGE

Posted by: on December 10, 2012

Marion Anderson and Leonard Bernstein, Lewisohn Stadium, NYC, 1947 – copyright 1981 Ruth Orkin

HARLEM IN THE CITY FESTIVAL AND EXHIBIT AT CITY COLLEGE from October 1 – October 7.

Ruth Orkin’s photograph of Marion Anderson and Leonard Bernstein, Lewisohn Stadium, 1947 is included in this exhibit that was at City College this Fall.
http://www1.ccny.cuny.edu/advancement/news/Harlem-in-the-City-Festival

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THE CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM

Posted by: on December 10, 2012

Boy Jumping into Hudson River, NYC, 1947 – copyright 1981 Ruth Orkin

THE CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM in San Francisco is currently showing the exhibit RADICAL CAMERA: NEW YORK’S PHOTO LEAGUE (1936-1951) that was originally shown at The Jewish Museum in NYC in 2011.

Ruth Orkins’ photograph of “Boy Jumping into the Hudson River, NYC, 1947″ is included in the exhibit.

http://www.thecjm.org/

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The HOWARD GREENBERG COLLECTION

Posted by: on December 10, 2012

American Girl in Italy, 1951
Copyright 1952, 1980 Ruth Orkin

The HOWARD GREENBERG COLLECTION exhibition was organized jointly by the Elysee Museum in Lausanne, and the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation in Paris. It is currently at the Elysee Museum in Lausanne from 9/21/12 – 6/1/13. Ruth Orkin’s photograph “American Girl in Italy” is included in the exhibit.

http://www.elysee.ch/en/no_cache/exhibitions/detail/article/howard-greenberg-collection/

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8 GIRLS TAKING PICTURES

Posted by: on December 10, 2012

8 GIRLS TAKING PICTURES by Whitney Otto was just published by Simon and Schuster. It is a fictional book based on the real lives of 8 well known photographers. Ruth Orkin is one of the featured photographers, and there is a chapter based on her life in Italy when she photographed “American Girl in Italy.” It also includes her family and shooting out of her window on Central Park West.

http://www.portlandmonthlymag.com/arts-and-entertainment

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‘The Radical Camera,’ a History of the Photo League

Posted by: on November 7, 2011

The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936-1951
November 04, 2011 – March 25, 2012

An exhibit of the photographs taken by members of the Photo League opens at The Jewish Museum this week, and runs through March 25th, 2012.

Included in the exhibit are photographs by Ruth Orkin, and her husband, Morris Engel.

There is a very nice photo essay about the exhibit in the NY Times, you can see the Photo League images here.

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Moment in Time: A snapshot of sexism or a portrait of composure?

Posted by: on August 15, 2011

Ninalee Craig holding the image she appeared in, taken 60 years ago. (Photo: Globe and Mail)

There’s a very good article, by John Allemang over at Toronto’s Globe and Mail website, about An American Girl in Italy.

The article features some great commentary from Ninalee Craig (formerly Jinx Allen), the woman who appears in the iconic image by Ruth Orkin — and who now lives in Toronto, where the 60th anniversary celebration of the picture is taking place August 13- August 27, 2011.

You can read the whole article here »

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American Girl in Italy, 60th Anniversary

Posted by: on August 9, 2011

Stephen Bulger Gallery
1026 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON Canada M6J 1H6

Exhibition Dates: August 13- August 27, 2011
Reception: Saturday, August 20th, 2-5pm
Film Screenings: Saturday, August 20th, 3pm

August 22, 2011 marks the 60th anniversary of the photograph “American Girl in Italy” by Ruth Orkin (1921-1985). The subject of this famous photograph is Ninalee Craig (then known as Jinx Allen), who lives in Toronto, so the official celebrations marking the occasion will be hosted by Stephen Bulger Gallery.

The gallery will be exhibiting a selection of photographs taken in 1951, in Florence, after a chance meeting between Orkin and Jinx Allen, a painter and fellow American. The two were talking about their shared experiences traveling alone as young single women, when Orkin had an idea. “Come on,” she said, “lets go out and shoot pictures of what it’s really like.” In the morning, while the Italian women were inside preparing lunch, Jinx gawked at statues, asked military officials for directions, fumbled with lire and flirted in cafes while Orkin photographed her. Orkin’s best known image, “American Girl in Italy” was also created as part of this series.

Ruth Orkin was 17 when she took a cross-country trip by herself, bicycling and hitchhiking from her home in Los Angeles to New York, snapping pictures along the way. She later moved to New York, where this spirit of adventure continued. She photographed Tanglewood’s summer music festival, honed her craft in nightclubs, joined the Photo League, and with her first published story in Look magazine, became “a full- fledged photojournalist.” In 1951, Life sent her on assignment to Israel and from there she went to Italy.

Mary Engel, Director of both her parents’ archives (Ruth Orkin / Morris Engel Film and Photo Archive), and Ninalee Craig will be present at Stephen Bulger Gallery for a public reception on Saturday, August 20th from 2-5pm. At 3pm, we will use CAMERA’s screening room for Mary to introduce these two films:

RUTH ORKIN: FRAMES OF LIFE (USA: 1995), 18 min. An award winning documentary about the life and work of Ruth Orkin; it includes interviews with Cornell Capa, Mary Ellen Mark and Ninalee Craig. Written, Produced and Directed by Mary Engel.

LITTLE FUGITIVE (USA: 1953), 80 min. Produced by Morris Engel and Ray Ashley Written and Directed by Morris Engel, Ruth Orkin and Ray Ashley

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