One of the first jobs Orkin had when she moved to New York City in 1943, was shooting portraits of children, which became a favorite subject throughout her life. While living in the West Village she photographed many of the neighborhood kids, and immortalized a brother and sister in two sequences “The Cardplayers” and “Jimmy The Storyteller.” When her own children Andy and Mary were born, she kept 500-watt lights in each room of the apartment so she wouldn’t miss any special moments.

The Card Players, New York City, 1947

Jimmy The Storyteller, New York City, 1947