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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Jim Freyler
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Looks a bit like Dovima but I don't think it is her.

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Rhon
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Liesl from Sound of Music

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Lynn Cai
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6 years ago Created 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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Zorica Pencheva
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Mian Dickie
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6 years ago Created 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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Warren Cancilla
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6 years ago Created 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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Warren Cancilla
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Charlie Ketchen
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6 years ago Created 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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Warren Cancilla
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This gets a triple up arrow from me! Brilliant.

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Warren Cancilla
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is some chiaroscuro and fantastic lines

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