|Orkin’s photo of Ninalee Craig in Florence, Italy, 1951|
One woman is photographer Ruth Orkin and the other her model, a schoolteacher on a lark, Ninalee Craig (aka Jinx Allen).
|Jinx Allen, a.k.a Ninalee Craig|
At 10 am the next day, the duo hits the streets on their impromptu photo-shoot. They part ways the next day only to find themselves again by chance in Venice and later in life in America. They stay friends until Orkin does of cancer in 1985.
Craig’s description of the day shoot was not a day of harassment but of fun. Zealots borrowing on the truth have given the image an alternative “poster child” raison d’etre for the “Me, too movement.” Harassment is wrong and so is stealing from the truth.
This blog has discovered another “day shoot” that was made into a book titled “A Day with Picasso” by Billy Kluver [MIT Press], which features 24 photographs by Jean Cocteau taken on one summer day in Paris 1916. The effort recreated a day in the life of Picasso and friends, including the artist Modigliani.
Both one-day photo essays are fascinating glimpses into the past.
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