Skip to content

Solo Exhibition

»A Photo Spirit«

Ruth Orkin

Current exhibition · Aktuelle Ausstellung
☞ Ruth Orkin – »WOMEN«
Dez 8, 2023 — Feb 18, 2024

With its first solo exhibition in Germany, f³ – freiraum für fotografie honors the American photographer Ruth Orkin, a chronicler of the 1940s and 1950s.

Everyday scenes, cityscapes, portraits. Ruth Orkin’s photographs tell stories. Of the up-andcoming America of the post-war period, of the attitude to life of a society on the upswing and of women conquering new roles beyond that of housewife and mother. Her humorous yet serious view of the world is evident in the details of the images, in her sense of movement, timing and composition.

Ruth Orkin is one of the few professional women photographers of the 1940s and 1950s. Although she published in numerous newspapers and magazines such as the New York Times, Life or Look and her photographs were part of the legendary MOMA exhibition The Family of Man, she is still little known internationally. In contrast to many of her male colleagues, whose works are among the icons of street photography.

Ruth Orkin began taking photographs at the age of ten. In 1939, she produced her first major photographic work. At the age of 17, she crossed the USA by bicycle and with the camera, once from L. A. to New York for the World’s Fair. She moved there in 1943.

With the publication of a photograph in Star magazine, her career as a freelance photographer began in 1945. Ruth Orkin was commissioned by Life to travel to Israel in 1951. She documented the young country and its (newly arrived) inhabitants as well as life in the kibbutz. This trip was one of her most important personal experiences.

One of her most famous images is the photograph American Girl in Italy. For the photograph, she portrayed her travel acquaintance Ninalee Craig (Jinx Allen) surrounded by men in Florence in 1951. Jinx became her friend and muse, inspiring her to create an entire series that shows, with an ironic eye, what it was like to travel alone as a woman in the 1950s.

Throughout her life and work, Ruth Orkin has experienced, reflected and subverted society’s expectations. Her photographs are modern, free and perceptive commentaries on those times. Ruth Orkin would have turned 100 on September 3, 2021.

The exhibition has been curated by Katharina Mouratidi, Artistic Director f³ – freiraum für fotografie, and Nadine Barth, barthouse Berlin.

© Orkin/Engel Film and Photo Archive; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
American Girl in Italy, Florence, Italy, 1951. © Orkin/Engel Film and Photo Archive; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
Jewish Refugees, Lydda Airport, Tel Aviv, 1951. © Orkin/Engel Film and Photo Archive; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
1939. © Orkin/Engel Film and Photo Archive; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
Couple on Beach, Coney Island, New York, 1949. © Orkin/Engel Film and Photo Archive; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
Geraldine Dent, Cover of McCall’s, New York City, 1949. © Orkin/Engel Film and Photo Archive; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
Sunday Afternoon, Family on Pier, Gansevoort Pier, New York City, 1948. © Orkin/Engel Film and Photo Archive; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
Jinx and Justin on Scooter, Florence, Italy, 1951. © Orkin/Engel Film and Photo Archive; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

Framework program

Friday, September 3, 2021, 7 pm
OPENING RECEPTION
Speakers: Katharina Mouratidi (Artistic Director f3 – freiraum für fotografie), Nicola von Velsen (Management Publisher Hatje Cantz) and Nadine Barth (Curator and Consultant Photography Hatje Cantz).
Tickets for the opening reception: SOLD OUT

Sunday 5. Sept., 3. Oct. and 7. Nov., 11 am
FOTO-FÜHRUNG
Every first Sunday we offer guided tours (held in German) through the exhibition.
Admission: 5 € | reduced 3 €. Tickets

Wednesday 15. Sept., 20. Oct. and 17. Nov., 7 pm
FOTO-FÜHRUNG AND DRINK

The curators of the exhibition Nadine Barth and Katharina Mouratidi give insight in into the work of photographer Ruth Orkin.
Admission: 15 € | reduced 10 €. Tickets

PUBLICATION
The book of photographs of the same name will be published by Hatje Cantz in August 2021. The publication will be available during the exhibition at f³ – freiraum für fotografie:

Ruth Orkin. A Photo Spirit.

Edited by Nadine Barth, Mary Engel, with contribution from Kristen Gresh, Mary Engel, Ruth Orkin. Design by Julia Wagner, grafikanstalt. Hatje Cantz, english, hardcover, 240 pags, 38 €.

f³ – freiraum für fotografie | Ruth Orkin »A Photo Spirit«
f³ – freiraum für fotografie

Sep 4 — Nov 21, 2021
Opening Reception: Friday, Sep 3, 7 pm (sold out)
+ Framework program: please see above

Waldemarstraße 17, 10179 Berlin
[District: Mitte | Borough: Mitte]

Opening hours: Wed – Sun 1 – 7 pm

Admission: 5 € / reduced 3 € | Time slot ticket recommended

Current photography exhibitions/events recommended in…
Berlin | Mitte

nüüd.berlin gallery | Dale Grant »Fading Beauty«

Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung | Jan Scheffler »33 Licht«

Akademie der Künste | Gundula Schulze Eldowy & Robert Frank »Halt die Ohren steif!«

Robert Morat Galerie | Bernhard Fuchs »MÜHL«

PiB Guide Nº52 JAN/FEB 2024 © PiB (Photography in Berlin). COVER PHOTO & page 5: Bernhard Fuchs, o.T. (Nr. 26, aus MÜHL, 2014-2019) © Bernhard Fuchs, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Solo show »MÜHL« at ROBERT MORAT GALERIE in Berlin-Mitte, read more on page 4 & 5! +++ PiB Guide Editor / V.i.S.d.P. / Art Direction: Julia Schiller · ele studio berlin +++ Printed on 100% recycling paper in Berlin-Köpenick by altmann-druck, many thanks!

Current print issue
PiB Guide Nº52
JAN/FEB 2024

#pibguide

Discover great photography exhibitions in Berlin & beyond in PiB’s bi-monthly print issue, the PiB Guide! The PiB Guide Nº52 JAN/FEB 2024 has been published as a booklet, A6 format · 28 pages · English & German · worldwide shipping.

Order

Aktuelle Printausgabe
PiB Guide Nº52
JAN/FEB 2024

#pibguide

Entdecke großartige Fotoausstellungen in Berlin & darüberhinaus in PiBs zweimonatlicher Printausgabe, dem PiB Guide! Der PiB Guide Nº52 JAN/FEB 2024 ist erschienen als Booklet im DIN A6 Format · 28 Seiten · Deutsch & Englisch · weltweiter Versand.

Bestellen

PiB's E-Newsletter

Sign up for PiB's free, weekly eNewsletter and stay up-to-date in Berlin's vibrant photography scene! Assembled with love once a week in English & German for an international audience of photography enthusiasts, collectors, curators and journalists.

Free sign-up!
#pibnewsletter – the weekly, digital E-Newsletter by PiB Photography in Berlin
»PiB — Photography in Berlin« | PiB’s website, PiB’s weekly E-Newsletter, and the bi-monthly published PiB Guide: page 12 & 13 from the PiB Guide Nº15 Nov/Dec 2017; feat. the exhibition Evelyn Hofer »Cities, Interiors, Still Lifes. Photographs 1962 – 1997« at Galerie Springer Berlin; image credits: Queensboro Bridge, New York, 1964 / Coney Island, New York, 1965 / Girl with Bicycle, Dublin, 1966, all 3 photos © Evelyn Hofer, Estate Evelyn Hofer.
»PiB — Photography in Berlin« | PiB’s website, PiB’s weekly E-Newsletter, and the bi-monthly published PiB Guide: page 12 & 13 from the PiB Guide Nº15 Nov/Dec 2017; feat. the exhibition Evelyn Hofer »Cities, Interiors, Still Lifes. Photographs 1962 – 1997« at Galerie Springer Berlin; image credits: Queensboro Bridge, New York, 1964 / Coney Island, New York, 1965 / Girl with Bicycle, Dublin, 1966, all 3 photos © Evelyn Hofer, Estate Evelyn Hofer.

You & PiB

Reach a dedicated audience of art & photography enthusiasts in Berlin & beyond – by presenting your exhibition/event or institution/product/service with PiB!

Read more
#Tags for this article:
Cart
Back To Top
Search