Photographer Ruth Orkin was named one of “The Ten Top Women Photographers in the U.S.” in 1959 by Professional Photographers of America. As a photojournalist, her work appeared in Life, Look, and Ladies Home Journal. While raising her family, she photographed what she saw from her Central Park West apartment resulting in two published books. Her monograph, A Photo Journal, was published by Viking in 1981, and exhibitions and lecture tours followed. Orkin died in New York City in 1985.