People and Places

Today is August 22, 2013. It’s my birthday. I’m 86. If I was asked to write my autobiography in six words, it would be Lucky Me, Lucky Me, Lucky Me. It seems like I’ve always been in the right place at the right time with the right set of skills. I am passionate about photography, recording People and Places I have seen in my travels. I am so lucky to be invited by The Historic New Orleans Collection to archive my lifetime achievements at the Collection. And lucky that the Tulane University Latin American Library has exhibited my Latin American photographs and accepted my idea of creating a photographic archive dedicated only to Latin America and related subjects. I’m lucky that other important archives such as the International Archive of Women in Architecture at Virginia Tech and the Harry Ransom Research Center at the University of Texas have accepted my work. More luck, Who’s Who has recognized my electronic work and included me in seven of their editions. My private life has been equally lucky. My husband of sixty-six years and I have successfully accomplished, together at the same time, undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. degrees. Steve has been my technical photographic and digital world advisor- helper, my travel companion. We were together when all the photographs in People and Places were taken. Together we have two beautiful and intelligent daughters, Robin and Polly. Together we created a business that allowed us to do all of these wonderful things. It is my hope that after you look through this collection of photographs – all from the Abbye A. Gorin Collection, A Catalog: In Search Of A World View in The Historic New Orleans Collection – you will see the commonalities that tie us all together. There are two books in my library that summarize People and Places: We are a Family of Man, a companion book to the exhibition of 503 photographs from 68 countries created by the master photographer Edward Steichen for the Museum of Modern Art, 1955; and One World by Wendell L. Willkie, 1943, “….a plea that Americans should learn to understand the shrunken world in which they live,” Walter Lippmann. Abbye A. Gorin Metairie, LA U.S.A.