Ruth Gruber, Photojournalist is an exhibition at the International Center of Photography in New York. The event introduces her as one of the twentieth century’s great humanitarians and photojournalists.
As the first correspondent granted permission to travel throughout the Soviet Arctic and Siberian Gulag, between 1934 and 1935, Ruth Gruber documented frontier life in the Arctic and the unique role of women there. In the early 1940s, she traveled throughout the Alaskan frontier and further established herself as a serious photographer. She sent reports to the Department of the Interior on Alaska’s vast natural resources, railway and air routes as well as the lives and customs of the native Eskimo people.
From the moment in 1944 when Gruber was assigned a secret mission to bring nearly 1,000 Jewish refugees from Europe to the U.S., Gruber’s life and work became inextricably bound to the lives of refugees.
Gruber covered the activities of the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry on Palestine, and photographed the displaced persons’ camps of Europe and the desolate internment camps of Cyprus, witnessing the desperate plight of Jewish refugees.
In the following decades, Gruber documented successive waves of migrants from Yemen, Iraq, Romania, Morocco, Tunisia, and Ethiopia, photographing often perilous journeys of emigration, small Jewish villages in North Africa, and the establishment of new lives in Israel.
Gruber’s reportage and photojournalism have acted as advocate and witness for her subjects throughout her long career.
The International Center of Photography at 1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street, New York is presenting a selection of Gruber’s vintage prints, never before exhibited. These will be shown alongside contemporary prints made from her original negatives until the 28th August 2011.
For further information visit: www.icp.org.