This book makes an attempt to correct, in the authors' words, an unfortunate distortion of Margaret Bourke-White
's contribution to photography, an emphasis of her authentication of industrial processes that obscures her far more politicized portrayal of human subjects faced with exploitation, poverty, genocide, war, colonialism and apartheid (p.
Opposite, bottom: Life photographer Margaret Bourke-White
got to cover combat, in part because, like Cowan, she impressed officers with her courage.
With the exception of a few Life photographers, such as Margaret Bourke-White
, Hansel Mieth, Otto Hagel, and Alfred Eisenstaedt, Quirke pays little attention to individual artistic style, which may disappoint photography historians preferring a more art-historical perspective.
"This picture was photographed by Margaret Bourke-White
, who was a famous photographer and documentary maker.
H: War photography has traditionally been a very macho endeavor, but of course there are many great women war photographers, starting perhaps with Gerda Taro during the Spanish Civil War and Lee Miller and Margaret Bourke-White
during World War II.
The book is based on interviews with writers and photographers who worked all over the world, profiling big names such as photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White
, as well as less-known journalists such as Dorothy Thompson and Sigrid Schultz, who headed opposition news bureaus in Berlin and later contributed to popular women's magazines upon their anticlimactic return to the US.
I was only a year or two beyond childhood myself, searching out the work of Dorothea Lange and Margaret Bourke-White
in our small town's public library, when I discovered Lewis Hines powerful work.
Measuring tensions between "modernism" and "populism," the investigation is particularly illuminating when comparing, for example, the photographs of Margaret Bourke-White
with Walker Evans, or the literary achievements of Nora Zeale Hurston with Richard Wright (507).
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
. One of her most striking images is that of a pallid Mahatma at the end of his last fast on January 12, 1948.
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.