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A prominent fashion photographer in the 1940s and 1950s, Nina Leen was one of the first female photographers to work for LIFE magazine. She grew up in Europe (Russian born) and her first camera was a Rolleiflex which she used to primarily photograph animals. Nina Leen is mostly known for her animal photography, but in the fashion world, she is well known for her classic and timeless fashion photography.

A prominent fashion photographer in the 1940s and 1950s, Nina Leen was one of the first female photographers to work for LIFE magazine. She grew up in Europe (Russian born) and her first camera was a Rolleiflex which she used to primarily photograph animals. Nina Leen is mostly known for her animal photography, but in the fashion world, she is well known for her classic and timeless fashion photography.

"One look at the swimsuits of the 40s and 50s, and you can see that they were nothing less than feats of engineering: Pieced full cups, shirring, smocking, and strategic seams galore," says Sarai...

"One look at the swimsuits of the 40s and 50s, and you can see that they were nothing less than feats of engineering: Pieced full cups, shirring, smocking, and strategic seams galore," says Sarai...

No cellphones, ipads, sunscreen or carbs.  Uncomplicated good times, long gone.  LIFE Magazine 1948.

No cellphones, ipads, sunscreen or carbs. Uncomplicated good times, long gone. LIFE Magazine 1948.

Such a beautiful picture. I love this so much. I also want that bathing suit. It's classic.

Such a beautiful picture. I love this so much. I also want that bathing suit. It's classic.

Umbrellas have long been associated with fun in the sun.

My Favorite Vintage Umbrella Photos

Umbrellas have long been associated with fun in the sun.