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Orkin, Ruth. RUTH ORKIN: PHOTO JOURNAL. New York City, NY: Viking Press, 1981. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 152 pages. Fine/Fine.

The photographer's second retrospective volume. One of the most beautiful "summing-up" books on the photographic art of Ruth Orkin. A brilliant production by Ruth Orkin and Viking Studio: Oversize-volume format. Maroon cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Ruth Orkin. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ, which features "American Girl In Italy", her single most iconic photograph, and titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Ruth Orkin's "Photo Journal". The beloved photographer's body of work, in one treasurable volume. Hailed as a masterpiece, a "virtuoso performance" (The New York Times) when it first appeared. Together with "Through My Window", her first retrospective, the collection sums up Orkin's lasting achievement. Her gritty, tender, and humane images are now regarded as an indispensable part of the photographic canon. At her best, her admirers regard her as worthy of comparison with the Masters of "street photography" in Robert Frank, Helen Levitt, Garry Winogrand, and of course, her partner Morris Engel. She was his full-fledged collaborator on "Little Fugitive" (1952), one of the most influential films ever made. Francois Truffaut credited "Little Fugitive" as the very first film of the French Nouvelle Vague ("New Wave") even though Orkin and Engel themselves did not have a drop of French blood in them (they were both cosmopolitan Jewish-Americans, fluent in French and at home in Europe). Ninalee Allen Craig, the model of "American Girl In Italy", outlived Ruth Orkin (who died in 1985) and wrote a memoir of the photograph (and the whole sequence) that made her an image icon: "Ruth Orkin: 'American Girl In Italy': The Making of An American Classic" (2005), published by Howard Greenberg Gallery New York, is a moving and beautifully produced tribute to Orkin and her masterpiece. An absolute "must-have" title for Ruth Orkin collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed and inscribed in red ink-pen on the front free endpaper by the photographer: "To Alan Cohen...Dear Greek God! * [asterisk] Thanks for gracing these pages, Love, Ruth Orkin * [asterisk] by female editors at Viking, & I agree!". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The blond, curly-haired Alan Cohen appears on Page 148, in a lovely portrait by Orkin, a Greek God beauty indeed. Cohen is also now widely considered as one of the most brilliant and influential Conceptual artist/photographers of our time. This title is a photography book classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and inscribed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and despite its imperfection (wear on DJ: It's there, but this copy is also NOT price-clipped, as most copies are) is still in fine condition: Every internal page is clean, crisp, and bright. The cloth boards are sharp, no bumps at all. Please note: This is a one-of-a-kind association copy, the kind that turns up every once in a while only. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with black-and-white plates. Ruth Orkin was named as one of "Ten Greatest Women Photographers of All Time", together with Dorothea Lange, Berenice Abbott, and Margaret Bourke-White. One of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 0670552526. $300.00

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