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Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971)

Margaret Bourke-White, who studied briefly at the Clarence H. White School of Photography, received a B.A. from Cornell University in 1925. She was one of the first photographers hired for Fortune Magazine and produced the cover photo for the first issue of Life in 1936. On assignment she photographed the war in Germany, Russia's industrialization, the Nazi attack on Moscow, the liberation of Buchenwald, and interviewed Gandhi. She and Erskine Caldwell interviewed and photographed Southern sharecroppers for Fortune, resulting in their 1937 book You Have Seen Their Faces. Stricken with Parkinson's disease in 1957, Bourke-White continued to work part-time for Life. - MY

Selected Bibliography
Bourke-White, Margaret and Caldwell, Erskine, You Have Seen Their Faces. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1937.

Bourke-White, Margaret. Portrait of Myself. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1963.

Sean Callahan, ed., The Photography of Margaret Bourke-White. New York: Bonanza Books, 1972.


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