Morris Engel and award-winning photographer/filmmaker Ruth Orkin married in 1952 during the making of LITTLE FUGITIVE. They would also collaborate on “LOVERS and LOLLIPOPS in 1955. They had two children, Andy in 1959 and Mary in 1961, that Orkin photographed extensively. Orkin photographed Celebrities, Musicians, New York City and throughout Europe and is most known for the iconic photograph “American Girl in Italy.”
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Morris Engel was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 8, 1918. He attended Abraham Lincoln High School and joined the Photo League in 1936 where he met Aaron Siskind and Paul Strand who became major influences in his life. He worked on the paper PM, and then enlisted in the Navy, where he was a combat photographer. He later did many magazine picture stories in the late 40’s. He also made films, and his classic film, LITTLE FUGITIVE was released in 1953. He shot several more features, and later worked with video.
The Morris Engel archive is run by his daughter, Mary Engel. Many of the photographs on the website are available for licensing or for purchase. His 3 feature films are available on the DVD boxset “The Films of Morris Engel” or for 16mm or 35mm film rental.