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American Girl in Italy. The Making of a Classic. Photographs by Ruth Orkin. With introductions by Mary Engel, Ninalee Craig. and Shaun Considine.

American Girl in Italy.

The Making of a Classic.

Photographs by Ruth Orkin. With introductions by Mary Engel, Ninalee Craig. and Shaun Considine.
Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, 2005. 32 pp., 16 black-and-white plates, 8x10".

Publisher's Description
On August 22, 1951, on the Piazza della Repubblica in Florence, Ruth Orkin snapped American Girl in Italy, a photograph that made her career. At the time Orkin was a 29 year-old aspiring photojournalist traveling alone in Italy. In Florence she met Jinx Allen, an art student and fellow American who became her model for a photo essay based on their joint experience as women traveling alone in Europe. By chance that day the two walked through the now famous gauntlet of gawking men. Orking turned and photographed Allen behind her. Orkin asked Allen to walk through again, and with that she captured the legendary image. It took only two exposures.

American Girl and the entire photo essay were first puvlished in Cosmopolitan in 1952 with an article titled 'When you travel alone … tips on money, men, and morals.' To this day American Girl remains an icon of street photography. This catalog pays tribute to the efforts and talents of two women - photographer and model.

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