Ruth Orkin, An American Girl in Italy, 1951

Iconic photograph often thought to portray the negative experience of women as they walk city streets. Yet the woman photographed, Ninalee Craig, has since said, “At no time was I unhappy or harassed in Europe” and that “[the photograph is] not a symbol of harassment. It’s a symbol of a woman having an absolutely wonderful time!” and “Italian men are very appreciative, and it’s nice to be appreciated. I wasn’t the least bit offended”

You can decide for yourself.


Ruth Orkin

And here is a pretty good blog post (in Portuguese?) that has a bunch of outtakes from that day.

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