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Margaret Bourke-White (American, 1904–1971)
LOT ID: 66998
Family in a Run Down Shelter, 1936

Silver Print, Gelatin Silver Print
8 х 10 in. (20.32 x 25.4 cm.)
Stamped, inscribed, Life Magazine Stamp on verso. Credit to the Margaret Bourke White estate verso. Hand written in back ink verso " Written verso in black ink "In some instances homes have been built. These dwelling places amount to about 2 feet of stone foundation, a few odds and ends of lumber and a few rags for a roof"
Print/Casting Year ie. circa 1990
Lot description
20.32 x 25.4 cm

Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971) was born in New York. She completed her undergraduate education at Cornell University in 1927 and was an original staff member of Fortune and Life magazines. She became the first western photographer allowed to photograph inside the Soviet Union and covered the invasion of the Soviet Union by the German Army as well as the Italian Liberation. In 1945, she accompanied United States troops as they liberated Buchenwald Concentration Camp. She covered Gandhi's campaign of non-violence in India and apartheid in South Africa. Since her death in 1971, her photographic works have been used by the United States Postal Service as postage stamps and her life as been portrayed on television and on the movie screen.[]

"Bourke-White, Margaret, 1904–71, American photo-journalist, b. New York City. One of the original staff photographers at Fortune, Life, and Time magazines, Bourke-White was noted for her coverage of World War II, particularly of the invasion of Russia and the liberation of Italy and of German concentration camps. Her series on the rural South during the depression, mining in South Africa, Korean guerrilla warfare, and American industry, and her portraits of world leaders are especially celebrated. Bourke-White’s books include Purple Heart Valley (1944), You Have Seen Their Faces (1937; with her husband, Erskine Caldwell), and Portrait of Myself (1963). She died after a 14-year battle with Parkinson’s disease." [--The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. Copyright © 2007 Columbia University Press.]
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