The significance of the book, therefore, lies in the ability to present in book form two issues at once: the priceless photographs of (or by) Margaret Bourke-White
and the genesis, as it were, of the subject that up to now takes center stage in South Africa's history: apartheid.
's impressive photos and article about the mission, published in Life, were terrific publicity for the military, so nothing negative came of it--except for Bourke-White
American journalist Bourke-White
came to India in June 1947, when she learnt that Pakistan's first flag was being prepared in Hussain brothers' shop in Delhi.
His cool industrial photography, with its emphasis on form and design, is reminiscent of the 1930s industrial photography of Margaret Bourke-White
, who shot subjects such as the then-new Fort Peck Dam for Life magazine.
There are also evocative vignettes of the birthing pangs of a newly independent nation by American photographer Margaret Bourke-White
That's the background for this engrossing study of the genre, which includes brief biographies of pioneers such as William A Garnett (who took the iconic 'Plaster and roofing' shot in 1950: the boxes made of ticky-tacky used as a warning by environmentalists ever since), and photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White
, who, in 1943 became the first woman to take part in a US Air Force combat mission.
, for example, was in Moscow in 1941 following the devastation of the German bombardment.
Ingersoll, the publisher of PM who proposed that Hemingway stay in China and cover the Sino-Japanese war; as well as novelist Erskine Caldwell and his wife, Margaret Bourke-White
, a famous photographer for Life.
was sent to India by Life magazine to cover the partition.
Watkins travelled to the Soviet Union, following in the footsteps of Margaret Bourke-White
, Upton Sinclair, Andre Gide, and Jean-Paul Sartre, among others.
Volume II includes biographical entries on composer Irving Berlin, photographer Margaret Bourke-White
, Boston Red Sox player Ted Williams, President Harry Truman, and singer/actor Frank Sinatra.
Golestan also taught photography for years, and his legacy looms large over the next generation, which considers him the Iranian Margaret Bourke-White
, as important to them as Andre Kertesz was to Henri Cartier- Bresson and his ilk.