Margaret Bourke-White : her pictures were her life

by Rubin, Susan Goldman.

Format: Print Book 1999
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction TR140.B6 R83 1999
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Call Number  TR140.B6 R83 1999
Northland Public Library Children's Biography J B BOURKE-WHITE
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Once one of the most famous and glamorous women in America, Margaret Bourke-White was a celebrated photographer. In her long and diverse career, spanning the 1920s through the 1950s, she covered landmark events of the twentieth century. Dining with dictators, flying on bombing missions, recording the birth of new nations, she courageously took on every challenge. She loved her work, and no assignment was too difficult. This book presents a fresh look into the exciting life and career of a pioneering female photojournalist whose work rose to the level of art.Chronicling her early life, the book discusses Bourke-White's close relationship with her father -- an inventor who was also interested in photography -- and her love of nature. It then goes on to explore her college years, her use of soft-focus, her industrial photographs, and her eventual assignments for major magazines. As Bourke-White's jobs took her across the United States and around the world, she created compassionate records of thepoverty in,the American South, the Nazi concentration camps, the caste system in India, and racism in South Africa. Her driving ambition to succeed in a male-dominated field continually placed her in adventurous and dangerous situations, and ultimately led her to become the first female photographer for Fortune and Life, the first woman accredited as a war photographer, and the first woman to fly on a bombing mission.Drawing on first-hand research, including interviews with those who knew Bourke-White, and illustrated with more than fifty of her photographs as well as archival images of Bourke-White and her family and friends, this new biography presents a moving introduction to a legendaryphotographer whose work is as meaningful today as when it was first published.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 6^-up. Bourke-White lived with the kind of courage and passion that makes her the perfect inspiration for readers of any age. Having been taught discipline from her mother and confidence from her father, she always knew that she would be successful on her own terms. In an era when career women struggled at every turn, she quickly became one of the most promising photojournalists in the country. Fearless in her quest for perfection and originality, she often risked her life to represent her subjects authentically. As one of the "Founding Four" photographers of Life magazine, she took foreign assignments during World War II, and her battlefield photos brought the horrors of war close to home for a mass audience. Besides being one of the only photographers to have sittings with Stalin, Churchill, and Patton, she also took some of the most horrifying pictures of the Holocaust. Later assignments sent her to India, South Africa, and Korea, where her heartbreaking images and writing solidified her place in history. While focusing the bulk of this text on the photographic work, Rubin does a brilliant job of bringing in personal elements that resonate with real emotion. The Holocaust photographs are all the more stirring in light of Bourke-White's own shame over a Jewish ancestry she did not learn about until adulthood. Two failed marriages and a fight with Parkinson's disease round out a life story as vivid as the rich photographs that abound throughout this book, by far one of the best biographies of the year. --Roger Leslie"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Rubin (Frank Lloyd Wright) centers her articulate, accessible portrait of this renowned photojournalist on 56 of Bourke-White's astounding duotone photographs. The cover image, one of the few here not shot by Bourke-White, shows her perched atop a steel gargoyle protruding from the 61st story of the brand-new Chrysler Building, photographing the New York City skyline; it speaks volumes about her grit and determination to go to any length to get the perfect shot. In a narrative carefully targeted to her audience, Rubin concisely charts the evolution of the intrepid photographer's work through the architectural, industrial, advertising and reportorial phases of her career. The author paints a portrait of a strong woman full of fascinating contradictions: Bourke-White benefited from the strength of her mother but also inherited from her a transient anti-Semitism; much later, after her father's death, she learned that he was Jewish, but hid the fact from her friends and even omitted it from her autobiography. A generous amount of quotes and an extensive bibliography attests to Rubin's assiduous research. The photographer's artistry encapsulates many of the most momentous events of the century. Bourke-White chronicled the beginning of the American industrial revolution, traveled overseas during WWII on assignment from both Life magazine and the U.S. Army Air Force, and covered the Korean War; her portraits of Churchill, Stalin and Patton, which graced the cover of Life, put faces to a distant war. She makes the horror of Germany's Buchenwald concentration camp, India's 1947 Great Migration and South African apartheid shockingly real. Rubin's understated, seemingly effortless narrative will cause readers to sit up and notice that many of the images they take for granted today had their roots in the work of this daring pioneer of the 20th century. Ages 10-13. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Bourke-White, Margaret, -- 1904-1971.
Photojournalists -- United States -- Biography.
Women photographers -- United States -- Biography.
Photography, Artistic.
Publisher New York, N.Y. :Abrams,1999
Other Titles Her pictures were her life
Contributors Bourke-White, Margaret, 1904-1971.
Language English
Description 96 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 93-94) and index.
ISBN 0810943816
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