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Bourke-White, Margaret




Two gelatin silver prints, probably contact prints. 3x4 and 3x4¼. Artist's stamp on versos "A Margaret Bourke-White Photograph", negative numbers in pencil: 693-517 and 683-CD. Bourke-White became a photographer for the airlines in 1935, developing the skill (and bravery) she would also use as the first female war correspondent. These photographs appear to be taken from about 15,000 ft. Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971) is a woman of many firsts. She was a forerunner in the newly emerging field of photojournalism, and was the first female to be hired as such. She was the first photographer for Fortune magazine, in 1929. In 1930, she was the first Western photographer allowed into the Soviet Union. Henry Luce hired her as the first female photojournalist for Life magazine, soon after its creation in 1935, and one of her photographs adorned its first cover. As the first female war correspondent and the first to be allowed to work in combat zones during World War II, and one of the first photographers to enter and document the death camps. She made history with the publication of her haunting photos of the Depression in the book You Have Seen Their Faces, a collaboration with husband-to-be Erskine Caldwell.

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Small contact prints in beautiful condition.

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