Sixty years after the iconic photo of an American Girl in Italy, by Ruth Orkin was taken, Ninalee Craig, now 83, has decided to speak up about the photo. She says that, despite what the photo may have conveyed, she was actually having “an absolutely wonderful time.”
She was only 22 at that time and was touring Europe alone when she met photographer Ruth Orkin. Together, they concocted the idea of filming the experience of visiting a foreign country alone. They took pictures for 2 hours on the streets of Florence and the iconic image was not staged, though Orkin did tell her to go back and walk down the street one more time.