Mrs Margaret Bourke-White
14th June 1904 To 27th August 1971
Margaret Bourke-White was born in The Bronx, New York City on June 14th 1904. Her father, Joseph introduced her to photography as a young girl. His love of the camera soon became a love she shared in. Although she showed an early talent, her father insisted she continue in he education. She took a degree in Herpetology; this led her to study in many Universities across America. In 1925 she married a fellow student, Everett Chapman, who was graduating in engineering, but the marriage only lasted one year. Two years later she graduated from Cornell University. With her degree completed she moved to Ohio to begin a career in photography. In 1929 she was offered a job with Fortune magazine. She readily accepted the post, and with a year was on her way to the Soviet Union. This gave her the honour of being the first western photographer allowed into the country. The result of this trip was published in 1931, and called The Eyes of Russia. By 1935 she joined the newly launched magazine called Time. Her photograph adorned the front cover of the first issue. She travelled to South America with a writer called Erskine Caldwell; together in 1937 they published a book called Have You Seen Their Faces. Margaret and Erskine married two years later; they went on to publish two more books together. They travelled to Moscow, and were in the city when the German Army invaded. Margaret was the only photographer in the country at the time, and used the situation to the best of her ability. She sent a series of spectacular photographs back to Time. These continued to be talked about long after her return to America. In 1942, after she and Erskine divorced Margaret travelled to North Africa to record events that were happening there. From here she moved on to Italy. The United States Army had made her an official war correspondent; she travelled with General Patton
It is a fine line between pain and pleasure. You showed us how that line can be crossed many times. Opening our eyes to both horror and beauty. Your work will always be held in the highest esteem.
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