Nina Leen

About Artist: Nina Leen (died January 1, 1995)was a Russian-born American photographer, a constant contributor to Life. She is remembered above all for her photographs of animals, many published in book form.Born in Russia (probably between 1909 and 1914 although she kept her age a secret), Leen studied painting in Berlin. Before she emigrated to the United States in 1939, she had also lived in Italy and Switzerland.A self-taught photographer, the first photographs to be published in Life in April 1940 were of tortoises at the Bronx Zoo, taken with her Rolleiflex camera. While she never became a staff photographer at Life, she contributed as a contract photographer until the magazine closed in 1972.[2] Leen was a prolific photographer of fashion for LIFE, and was long married to the fashion photographer Serge Balkin.

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