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Margaret Bourke White

Photographer, Photojournalist

1904 - 1971 New York, U.S.A

Before the invention of television and instant communication, Americans saw the different faces of world, from despair, desolation, distress, depression to battles of World War II and inside its refugee camps, from the freedom movement of India to the mass migration. This was only possible through the photographs and work of Margaret Bourke-White. -

Bourke-White had an excellent sense of simple, poster-like design, and a sophisticated photographic technique, both perhaps the legacy of her apprenticeship in the demanding field of industrial reportage. She was excited by the new opportunities presented by photoflash bulbs, which made possible clear and highly detailed pictures under circumstances that would otherwise have been difficult or impossible for photography. -

Margaret Bourke-White (June 14, 1904 – August 27, 1971) was an American photographer and documentary photographer. She is best known as the first foreign photographer permitted to take pictures of Soviet five-year plan, the firsthand American female war photojournalist, and to have her photograph on the cover of the first issue of Life magazine. She died of Parkinson's disease about eighteen years after she developed her first symptoms.

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