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Little is know about Nina Leen, the Russian born photographer that emigrated to the United States, and whose photos graced over 50 Life magazine covers. What is known is that she studied painting in Berlin, and that she also lived in Italy and Switzerland--but when she died in 1995, there wasn't even anybody who knew her exact age.

Despite the mystery surrounding her, Leen produced some memorable work, including an ongoing series featuring her adopted stray dog, Lucky, and a photo that was picked by Carl Sagan to fly aboard the Voyager space probe. She also has a keen eye for photographing youth, and this Bored Panda list features some of her best work. Which one is your favourite?

More info: slate.com (h/t: vintag.es)

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think this picture is stunning and rare-a woman conducting a group meeting (was she?). She seems to be the only female in the group. Doing this job in an era when women were expected to be homemakers

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Look Dahling! You can make a stunning bathing costume from a towel!

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i love the juxtaposition of the city gals vs. the cowboy and both booths open

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

First! love this, breaking the stereotype of women in this era. So inspiring as a photographer.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In the 50s & 60s women went to the Beauty Parlor to get such Movie Star hair.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

too bad I didn't live in that time/world when style, class and elegance were still valued.