nina leen jean patchett and eileen ford new york city july 1948 photo nina leen agers in des moines iowa 1945 by life photographer nina leen listening 2 photography idea black and white on fire escape jean patchett escaping the heat on nina leen life photographer young women s republican club of ord most por vikki dougan short nightgowns 1952 by nina leen more born in russia photographer nina leen spent her childhood living in italy switzerland and germany before she emigrated to the united states in photographer nina leen joined life magazine as one of the magazine s first female photographers in the mid 1940 s going on to produce over 40 photo spreads 1940s farm fashion by nina leen via life magazine archives