Lot Details

Portfolio entitled "Twelve Soviet Photo-Prints" with 12 photogravures, approximately 13 x 9 inches (33 x 22.9 cm); sheet size is 19 1/2 x 14 inches (49.5 x 35.6 cm), with a caption printed on recto.
Elephant folio, black-stamped red folding jacket with the captions on the back inside flap; contents loose as issued.
1930-1932; printed 1934 by The Argus Press, New York.

Plates:
Soviet Serenade
A Priest
Borscht
For the Iron Mine Foundations: Magnet Mountain
The Steppe: Ukraine
Steel Worker: Magnitogorsk
Semionova: Premiere Balerina, Great Theatre, Moscow
At the Circus
Village School, Kolomna: Volga Region
Ekaterina Dzhugashvili: Mother of Joseph Stalin
At the Lathe: 'Hammer and Sickle' Factory: Moscow
Krelim: Moscow

Margaret Bourke-White (American, June 14, 1904–August 27, 1971) was a documentary photographer and a photojournalist. Bourke-White is best known as the first female war correspondent and the first to be allowed into combat zones during WWII. She was born in the Bronx, NY, and was raised in a family that believed in equal educational opportunities for their children. Margaret attended several universities in her pursuit of a degree in herpetology, or the study of reptiles. She attended Columbia University in New York, The University of Michigan, Purdue University in Indiana, and Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. She returned home to finish her degree at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, in 1927.

Although Bourke-White did not pursue a degree in photography in college, her father introduced her to the medium as a young woman. She turned her hobby into a career by opening a studio in Cleveland, where she specialized in architectural and industrial photography. Bourke-White got her start in industrial photography with the Otis Steel Company, in Cleveland, in 1927. At the time, she was considered the premier female industrial photographer.

Bourke-White began her career in photojournalism as the first photographer for Fortune Magazine in 1929. The following year, she was decreed the first woman photographer allowed into the Soviet Union. She was hired by Henry Luce in 1935 as the first staff photographer for the new Life magazine. On November 23, 1936, one of her photographs adorned the front cover of the inaugural addition of the magazine. Her best known photographs are the gripping pictures documenting the Depression in the book You Have Seen Their Faces (1937). The book was a collaboration with her soon to be husband, Erskine Caldwell (American, 1903–1987). She was married to Caldwell for three years, from 1939 to 1942. In April of 1945, she traveled through war ravaged Germany with General Patton. As she took some of the most haunting photographs of the war within the walls of Buchenwald, she said she was glad for the barrier the camera provided. After the war, she produced a book, titled Dear Fatherland, Rest Quietly (1946), as a way to help herself come to grips with the atrocities she had witnessed and captured during the war. Bourke-White developed the first symptoms of Parkinson's disease as a relatively young woman in 1953, and died from the disease in 1971. Throughout her life and after, she received several awards and recognitions.

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Creases
Area: Margin
Location: Other location
Notes: There is a handling crease of about 1" in the margin of each sheet, which does not affect the image. Otherwise condition is excellent.
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Area
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.



Degree
Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

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  • Pickup Location: Vermont, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 13 x 9 in. (33.02 x 22.86 cm.)
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