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Margaret Bourke-White    (American, 1904-1971)

 Margaret Bourke-White - A DC-4 Flying Over New York City (Photographs) h: 20 x w: 24 in / h: 50.8 x w: 61 cm
Margaret Bourke-White
A DC-4 Flying Over New York City 1939
 
 Margaret Bourke-White - Buchenwald Prisoners, 1945 (Time Inc.) (Photographs) h: 16 x w: 20 in / h: 40.6 x w: 50.8 cm
Margaret Bourke-White
Buchenwald Prisoners, 1945 (Time Inc.)
 
 Margaret Bourke-White - Chrysler Building, New York City, 1931 (c. Time Inc.) (Photographs) h: 13 x w: 16 in / h: 33 x w: 40.6 cm
Margaret Bourke-White
Chrysler Building, New York City, 1931 (c. Time Inc.)
 
 Margaret Bourke-White - Gandhi walking with close advisors and family members, India (Photographs) h: 16 x w: 20 in / h: 40.6 x w: 50.8 cm
Margaret Bourke-White
Gandhi walking with close advisors and family members, India 1946
 
 Margaret Bourke-White - Hats in the Garment District, New York (Photographs) h: 20 x w: 24 in / h: 50.8 x w: 61 cm
Margaret Bourke-White
Hats in the Garment District, New York 1930
 
 Margaret Bourke-White - Margaret Bourke-White working atop the Chrysler Building, New York, NY; photographed by her assistant, Oscar Graubner (Photographs) h: 16 x w: 20 in / h: 40.6 x w: 50.8 cm
Margaret Bourke-White
Margaret Bourke-White working atop the Chrysler Building, New York, NY; photographed by her assistant, Oscar Graubner 1934
 
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Biography
1904 Born: Bronx, New York
1922 Studied Herpetology(the study of reptiles) at Columbia University
1923 Transferred colleges several times, including: University of Michigan, Purdue University, and Case Western Reserve University
1927 Eventually, graduated from Cornell University with her B.A.
1929 - 1935 Worked as associate editor and staff photographer at Fortune magazine
1936 Was hired by Henry Luce as the first female photojournalist for Life magazine
1936 - 1940 Worked as staff photographer at Life magazine
1939 - 1945 Was the first female war correspondent and the first to be allowed to work in combat zones during World War II, and one of the first photographers to enter and document the death camps.
1948 Received Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Rutgers University, Newark, NJ
1951 Received Honorary Doctorate of Arts from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
1952 - 1963 Received an Achievement Award from US Camera, 1963
Suffering from Parkinson's Disease, was unable to take photography and concentrated on writing her autobiography, Portrait of Myself
1964 Was awarded Honor Roll Award from American Society of Magazine Photographers
1971 Died: Darien, Connecticut

Exhibitions
2011 Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
American Modern: Abbott, Evans, Bourke-White, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX
2010 Weltsichten. Landschaft in der Kunst seit dem 17. Jahrhundert, Situation Kunst (für Max Imdahl), Bochum, Germany
2010 “Fortune of Industry” –a retrospective look at how the photograph has shaped industry featuring select works by Margaret Bourke-White, GALLERY M, Denver, CO
2009 The Malcolmson Collection, Presentation House Gallery , North Vancouver, Canada
Ring of Truth, Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, OH
Au féminin(Women Photographing Women), Centre Culturel Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris, France
After Many Springs: Regionalism, Modernism & the Midwest, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
Sacred Sight, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, NY
2008 Rethinking the Photographic Image, The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI
From the Printed Page: Photographs from the MFAH Collection, Museum of Fine Arts Houston(MFAH), Houston, TX
The Concerned Photographer, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Colleziona - Forma, Centro Internazionale di Fotografia, Milan, Italy
2007 Apocalypse Now: The Theater of War, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA
Icons of American Photography, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Know War, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, NY
2006 Margaret Bourke-White - Galerie Stephen Hoffman, Munich, Germany(solo)
American Icons, Corkin Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Facing Americ. Portraits of the People and the Land, The Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, OH
2005 Keeping Shadows: Photography from the Worcester Art Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
Margaret Bourke-White: Discovered in Cleveland, Contessa Gallery, Cleveland, OH(solo)
Margaret Bourke-White: The Photography of Design, 1927-1936, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA(solo); traveling to: Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, OK and Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
2004 Margaret Bourke-White, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC(solo)
Modern Means: Continuity and Change in Art from 1880 to the Present, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
The Great LIFE Photographers, Contessa Gallery, Cleveland, OH
2003 Working Nine to Five: Vintage Photographs of People at Work, Lee Gallery, Winchester, MA
Histories of Photography, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
2002 Margaret Bourke-White, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA(solo)
Vues d'architectures, Photographies XIX et XX, Musee de Grenoble, Grenoble, France
2001 The Photograph and the American Dream - The Stephen White Collection II, 1840-19, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2000 Steel & Real Estate: Margaret Bourke-White and Corporate Culture in Cleveland, The College of Wooster Art Museum, Wooster, OH(solo)
Picturing Business - The Photography of Fortune, International Center of Photography, New York, NY
1998 Power and Paper: Margaret Bourke-White, Modernity and the Documentary Mode, Boston University Art Gallery, Boston, MA(solo)

Literature
1998 Callahan, Sean. Margaret Bourke-White: Photographer.Bulfinch: New York
1986 Goldberg, Vicki. Margaret Bourke-White: A Biography
1983 Silverman, Jonathon.The Life of Magaret Bourke-White
1963 Bourke-White, Magaret. The Portrait of Myself. Simon & Schuster: New York
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