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Margaret Bourke-White : photographer
Bourke-White, Margaret, 1904-1971.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Little, Brown, [1998]

Physical Description:
158 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 31 cm
General Note:
"A Bulfinch Press book."
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TR820.5 .B687 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Margaret Bourke-White is an internationally renowned photojournalist who, from the 1920s through the 1950s, tirelessly recorded the objects, people, and events that shaped history. Famous first as an industrial photographer, then as one of the four original staff members of Life magazine (her photograph graced its first cover), her vision and camera took her where others had never dared to venture.

This new volume of her legendary work is more complete than any volume published to date. Drawing from her personal archives at Syracuse University and including the entire range of her photographic endeavors, it includes her earliest industrial work, striking portraits, and visual essays depicting horrendous social conditions. Alongside portraits of Churchill, Stalin, and Gandhi are photographs of cavernous steel mills, South African coal mines, Soviet Russia, Buchenwald, and the impoverished streets of India. Informative commentaries on the breadth of Bourke-White's work complete an unprecedented retrospective on this extraordinary photographer.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Callahan, creator and editor of American Photographer magazine, collaborated with Bourke-White on a book of her photographs just before her death, and now, a quarter of a century later, has assembled the most comprehensive and moving collection yet published of her images. In laudably to-the-point commentary, Callahan emphasizes Bourke-White's courage and determination to go where no woman had gone before to capture the essence of life lived at its most grueling and tragic. The retrospective of her photographs, 138 in number, begins with her early industrial photographs, powerful studies in contrast and pattern, then moves on to her wartime assignments for Fortune and Life, which took her across the U.S., Europe, Russia, India, South Africa, and Korea. Bourke-White photographed skyscrapers, dams, and bridges--monuments of the industrial age--as icons of twentieth-century dreams, then captured the nightmare realities of existence by photographing men, women, and children suffering the endless horrors of genocide, deprivation, and oppression. A perfect presentation of Bourke-White's magnificent photographs. --Donna Seaman

Library Journal Review

Margaret Bourke-White and Lewis W. Hine were both imaginative, disciplined, and successful photographers in an era when the medium was finely positioned as an art form. Both these volumes also give visual evidence of their recording of time and place through personal courage. Bourke-White is famous for her daring vantage points, confirmed by the shot of her perched on one of the aluminum eagles high atop the Chrysler Building in New York as she photographed its streamlined details. Hine likewise positioned himself and his camera above New York as the Empire State Building was bolted together. The collection of Bourke-White's work is well produced, with deep tones and fine clarity, reminding those who admire her great gifts of composition and darkroom skill of her significance in the history of photography. Newcomers to her travels and her work will quickly discover a photojournalist and industrial artist whose professional journey left a stunning record of the century. Still fresh and visually exciting after 70 years, Hine's images capture the glory of the Empire State Building and the aerial gymnastics of the steelworkers who built its skeleton. Though focusing on one building may seem confining, Hine's array of photographs from steel framing to completion; Freddy Langer's essay about the photographer, the skyscraper, and New York in the 1930s; and a chronology of the Empire State Building's "life" in the city make for a useful and pleasing volume. Both books are recommended.‘David Bryant, New Canaan P.L., CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.