American Girl in Italy (1951) by Ruth Orkin
The young woman pictured here is Ninalee Craig, who met and befriended photographer Ruth Orkin while travelling.
Story behind the photographs:
"Back in 1951, Craig was a carefree 23-year-old who spent more than six months making her way through France, Spain and Italy all by herself — something very few women did in the years following World War II.
In Italy she met another adventurous solo female traveler: Ruth Orkin, a 29-year-old photographer who came to Italy after completing an assignment in Israel.
An idea was hatched: They would head out together the next morning, wander around Florence and shoot pictures of what it was really like to travel alone as a young single woman.
From about 10 a.m. to noon the following day, Orkin shot photos of Craig - admiring statues, asking for directions, haggling at markets and flirting in cafes.
Orkin captured her famous “American Girl in Italy” photograph during those two hours of silliness and fun. Her contact sheets from that day reveal that she shot only two frames of that particular street scene.” x
Daniel Martin (b.1982, Netherlands)
After having left the computer graphics industry in 2013, Leiden based artist Daniel Martin fully committed himself to his art. He attended several art fairs with great success. Being spotted by media as the emerging artist on those fairs his work was shown and talked about on television, radio, various publications and was elected artist of the month in which he was preceded by other prominent dutch artists. Daniel is now preparing for his first big solo show in September. Daniel Martin’s most recent work comprises explicit portraits of defiled faces, and the images have an unsettling expression. It feels like the portraits were deliberately damaged after the painting was completed. This consciously cultivated spontaneity in painting is intrinsic to Martin’s work. A misshapen tree, that imperfection of beauty, is a source of inspiration to Daniel Martin. A ratio affected by chaos. That violation of appearance is anonymous and sidelines the individual’s identity and character, and it makes the faces dissolve or return in nature’s chaos.
© All images courtesy of the artist; src. Saatchi Art