Photographer Nina Leen, 1909-1995 - born in Russia, but grew up in Germany, Italy & Switzerland before settling in the States in 1939. She was an acclaimed animal photographer before moving to the USA.
Nina joined LIFE magazine in 1945, one of the first female photographers hired by the magazine.
Here are a few of my favourites from the plethora of Leen photographs you can glean from the internet:
the lovely Lauren Bacall
teenagers of America
a woman eating cotton candy.
the Dees triplets, 1964 - how groovy are they?
Nina herself, photographing a model.
portrait of Nina Leen with a Rollieflex, 1949
To find out more about Nina Leen, here is a great reference point via Gallery M
The majority of the images used here are from Google's Life images.
Here's Nina's section on Life's website.
I found it fascinating that Nina was so entranced by bats! She referred to them as her "flying kittens". I, too, am intrigued by these creatures that are so feared, and therefor I adore Nina even more now! I'm going to try to find a copy of The World of Bats, 1970. Hard to even find a photo of the book online! Popular bat book :)
with photography joy,