Ruth Orkin - out of the window - photo by Gerry LaPlante - 1977

Ruth Orkin

September 15, 2013

Ruth Orkin was an American photojournalist and filmmaker perhaps best known for her photograph, American Girl in Italy, taken in 1951. The subject of the now-iconic photograph was the 23-year-old Ninalee Craig (known at that time as Jinx Allen). The photograph was conceived inadvertently when Orkin noticed the men ogling Allen as she walked down the street. Orkin asked Allen to walk down the street again, to be sure she had the shot.