RUTH ORKIN
US photographer (September 3, 1921 - January 16, 1985)

 
To be a photojournalist takes experience, skill, endurence, energy, salesmanship, organization, wheedling, climbing, gatecrashing, etc. – plus an eye and patience. - Ruth Orkin , Photographers on Photography : A Critical Anthology by Nathan Lyons (Editor) , Page: 79
I always felt that being a photographer was 90 percent being a salesperson. Then and today. - Ruth Orkin , Photographers on Photography : A Critical Anthology by Nathan Lyons (Editor) , Page: 81
Being a photographer is making people look at what I want them to look at. - Ruth Orkin
My mother said that when I was young I was constantly saying, “Look at this—Look at that.” I think that taking pictures must be my way of asking people to “Look at this—Look at that.” If my photographs make the viewer feel what I did when I first took them—“Isn’t this funny... terrible... moving... beautiful?”—then I’ve accomplished my purpose. - Ruth Orkin