Portrait Photographs of Jane Jacobs: Orkin, Ruth

Portrait Photographs of Jane Jacobs

Orkin, Ruth

Publication Date: 1962
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Title: Portrait Photographs of Jane Jacobs

Publication Date: 1962

Binding: Photograph

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed By Author


Six original black-and-white photographs, 9-7/8 by 13-1/4 inches to 11 by 14 inches. In 1961, Jane Jacobs, a journalist for Architectural Forum, published The Death and Life of Great American Cities. While she had no formal training in city planning, she was an acute observer of city life and keenly interested in the neighborhoods of New York City. Death and Life was critical of the then-popular vogue for large-scale redevelopment project; Jabobs described a people and neighborhood centered view of planning. Her observations on how neighborhoods and cities really worked shook the planning profession to the core. Death and Life belongs with Silent Spring and The Feminine Mystique as one of the most influential books of the early 1960s, all written by women without formal training in their fields. By 1962, Jacobs was famous enough to be featured in Horizon magazine, which commissioned noted photographer Ruth Orkin to take Jacobs' picture. These are five images from that photo shoot. Orkin photographed Jacobs in her Greenich Village neighborhood (the sign for Bleeker St. is visible in one photograph), with her son, Ned, and her daughter Burgin. Two images with small creases in one corner, but generally fine or nearly so. Five are signed on the back by Orkin; the unsigned image has a Horizon stamp indicating it was published in the magazine. Bookseller Inventory # 128490

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