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?

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Paperblooming Prints 2 years ago

I love the different necklines!

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Paperblooming Prints 2 years ago

Cara Delevingne vibes

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Paperblooming Prints 2 years ago

Stunning!

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Warren Cancilla 2 years ago

her work with dots and lines is amazing

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John Stackhouse 2 years ago

My favorite!

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Rhon 2 years ago

Liesl from Sound of Music

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Anna Bee 2 years ago

Stunning

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Queenluxa 2 years ago

I would still wear this

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Nina Phillips 2 years ago

LOVE

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Rhon 2 years ago

Oh my! What a gorgeous dress!

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Deborah Adams 11 months ago

Wow! those are cute bathing suits

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Elizabeth Hahn 2 years ago

Saarinen Womb Chair. :)

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Deborah Adams 11 months ago

Great suits.

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Lynn Cai 2 years ago

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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Deborah Adams 11 months ago

Balloon bathing suits

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Zorica Pencheva 2 years ago

Poor people behind trying to watch the opera over her puffed sleeves XD

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Mian Dickie 2 years ago

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

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Nomadus Aureus 2 years ago

The royal jewels of Ur

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Warren Cancilla 2 years ago

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

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Rhon 2 years ago

I want this skirt!

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Warren Cancilla 2 years ago

pan!

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Warren Cancilla 2 years ago

is it just me or is she secretly making a statement here?

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Charlie Ketchen 2 years ago

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

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Warren Cancilla 2 years ago

This gets a triple up arrow from me! Brilliant.

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Heather Sandoval 2 years ago

The original Spock eyebrows!

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Heather Sandoval 2 years ago

That coif though!

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Warren Cancilla 2 years ago

That is some chiaroscuro and fantastic lines

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Warren Cancilla 2 years ago

She gets the models faces to say so much

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Lou Varner 2 years ago

what was she thinking?

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