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Photo Credit: Life Magazine
Year Honored: 1990
Birth: 1904 - Death: 1971
Born In: New York, United States of America
Died In: Connecticut, United States of America
Achievements: Arts
Educated In: New Jersey, New York, Michigan, Ohio
Schools Attended: Rutgers University, Columbia University, University of Michigan, Western Reserve University (Case Western Reserve University), Cornell University
Worked In: Ohio, New York, Montana

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Margaret Bourke-White

In the era before television and instant communication, the photographs of Margaret Bourke-White showed the American people the world - the despair and depression of the dustbowl, London during the Blitz, Stalin and the Kremlin, battles of World War II, the liberation of concentration camps, India and Ghandi, South Africa, the Korean War. Bourke-White began her work as photographer while at Cornell University. After her graduation, she became enthralled with the machine age, photographing the industrial plants in Cleveland, the Chrysler Building in New York City. She was one of the first photographers for Fortune Magazine in 1929 and in 1935 she was one of the first photojournalists selected to work for Life Magazine. Her photographs of a dam under construction in New Deal, Montana and the towns nearby were the cover and lead articles of the first issue of Life. She said of her work, "My life and my career was not an accident. It was thoroughly thought out." Bourke-White remained with Life through the 1950s when illness curtailed her work.
Additional Sources:

Goldberg, Vicki. Margaret Bourke-White: a biography. New York: Harper & Row, c1986. NOTES: Includes index. Bibliography: p. 415-416.

Edited by: Jonathan Silverman. For the World to See: the life of Margaret Bourke-White. New York: Harper & Row, c1986. NOTES: Includes index. Bibliography: p. 415-416.

Edited by: Jonathan silverman. For the World to See: the life of Margaret Bourke-White. New York: Viking Press, c1983. NOTES: ""A Studio Book."" Includes index and bibliographical references.

Potrait of Myself. New York : Simon & Schuster, 1963. NOTES: Autobiography.

Eyes on Russia. New York: Modern Age, 1931.

Say, Is This the USA. New York: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1941.

Dear Fatherland, Rest Quietly. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1946.

Purple Heart Valley: A Combat Chronicle of the War in Italy. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1944. NOTES: 3rd printing.

Shooting the Russian War. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1942.

Papers 1863-1984, 75 feet. Syracuse University, George Arents Research Library for Special Collections, E.S. Bird Library. Syracuse, New York.