Paul Greenfield MFA, ARPS

Margaret Burke-White (1904 - 1971)

Margaret Bourke-White, a photographer for LIFE magazine, makes a precarious photo from one of the eagles on the 61st floor of the Chrysler Building in New York City in 1934

Margaret Bourke-White's autobiography, written as Parkinson's disease took hold. Bourke-White (1904-1971) was one of the great American documentary photographers, perhaps best known for having taken the first cover image for Life magazine. She was also the first female war correspondent and the first female permitted to work in combat zones, which she did, extensively, during World War II.

was an American photographer and documentary photographer. She is best known as the first foreign photographer permitted to take pictures of Soviet industry under the Soviet's five-year plan, the first American female war photojournalist, and having one of her photographs (the construction of Fort Peck Dam) on the cover of the first issue of Life magazine. She died of Parkinson's disease about eighteen years after developing symptoms.

Margaret Bourke-White, 2015 Inductee to Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame, induction tribute film. Bourke-White (1904-1971) was the first female photographer for Life magazine and the first female American war photojournalist

During the mid-1930s, Bourke-White, like Dorothea Lange, photographed drought victims of the Dust Bowl. In the February 15, 1937 issue of Life magazine, her famous photograph of black flood victims standing in front of a sign which declared, "World's Highest Standard of Living", showing a white family, was published. The photograph later would become the basis for the artwork of Curtis Mayfield's 1975 album, There's No Place Like America Today.

Bourke-White and novelist Erskine Caldwell were married from 1939 to their divorce in 1942, and collaborated on You Have Seen Their Faces (1937), a book about conditions in the South during the Great Depression.

She also travelled to Europe to record how Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia were faring under Nazism and how Russia was faring under Communism. While in Russia, she photographed a rare occurrence, Joseph Stalin with a smile, as well as portraits of Stalin's mother and great-aunt when visiting Georgia.
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