Nina Leen: Lenslady


Young boy reading comics with dog, New York City, 1944. Time Inc./Nina Leen/Courtesy of Daniel Cooney Fine Art 

Nina Leen (d. 1995) was one of the first female contract photographers with LIFE, working with them from the 1940s until it ceased its weekly printing in 1972; she contributed some 40 covers alone. Edward Steichen included two of her photographs in "The Family of Man" exhibition. But still, Leen has not had enough recognition to-date, so we're pleased to see that Daniel Cooney has curated a fabulous exhibition of her work. It opens on March 26, 2015, at Daniel Cooney Fine Art in New York and includes a lovely variety of vintage prints from the Time/Life archives. 


Members of the Young Women's Republican Club of Milford, Connecticut, 1941


Teenage boys heckling girls at a hen party, Des Moines, Iowa, c.late 1940s


Choreographer Valerie Bettis having ice cubes put on her eyes, 1948


Man holding a block of ice, 1942


Teenager Helen Honey tests lipstick shades and color, 1945


Teenager Barbara Nelson tests lipstick shades and color, 1945

"One of Nina Leen's most famous photographic essays documents Tommy Tucker, an orphaned and celebrated trained gray squirrel owned by Zaidee Bullis of Washington D.C. who dressed Tommy in a variety of over 30 homemade outfits including Red Cross Nurse and a Dutch-girl dress with apron and bonnet."



All images Time Inc./Nina Leen/Courtesy of Daniel Cooney Fine Art

Read a fabulous article over at Glitterati Incorporated

See Nina Leen: Lenslady, at Daniel Cooney, March 26 - May 16, 2015.

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