I stopped at an Estate sale for a specific item and came away with a book titled "The Family of Man" the photographic exhibition created by Edward Steichen for the Museum of Modern Art, printed in 1955. This book has the most marvelous photographs, today I am sharing one of my favorites series of photos.
Ruth Orkin was an award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker. Ruth was the only child of Mary Ruby, a silent-film actress, and Samuel Orkin, a manufacturer of toy boats called Orkin Craft. She grew up in Hollywood in the heyday of the 1920s and 1930s. At the age of 10, she received her first camera, a 39 cent Univex. She began by photographing her friends and teachers at school. At 17 years old she took a monumental bicycle trip across the United States from LosAngeles to New York City to see the 1939 World's Fair.
Biography :: Ruth Orkin Photo Archive. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.orkinphoto.com/biography/
Ruth Orkin on her bike trip to New York
One of the first jobs Ruth 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 "The Cardplayers."