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Margaret Bourke-White (American, 1904–1971)
LOT ID: 66710
Life in the Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia (image from "You Have Seen Their Faces"), 1936

Silver Print, gelatin silver print
8 х 10 in. (20.32 x 25.4 cm.)
Inscribed, stamped, Stamps on verso from LIFE MAGAZINE and Copyright Time Inc. Credit line reads: "CREDIT TO READ: [hand-written:]Margaret Bourke-White ESTATE." Also hand-written in black ink, verso: "Family at table eating, Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia. Every month the relief office gives them 4 cans of beef, a can of dried peas, and 5 dollars and the old lady generally spends a dollar and a half of it for snuff" and "U You Have Seen Their Faces."
Print/Casting Year 1936
Lot description
20.3 x 25.4 cm

Family life in 1930s Georgia, the effects of the Great Depression clearly illustrated.

"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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