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Margaret Bourke-White (1906-1971)
Margaret Bourke-White was born in the Bronx, New York. She studied at Columbia University. She was an industrial photographer at the Otis Steel Company, an editor for Fortune magazine and a photojournalist for Life magazine. In 1930, she became the first Western photographer allowed into the Soviet Union. During the mid-1930s she photographed drought victims of the Dust Bowl. During WWII she worked in combat zones as a war correspondent.
Nuremberg Bombed
Crystler Building
George Washington Bridge


The George Washington Bridge, 1933
Photograph, silver print
12 3/8 x 8 3/4 in. (33.8 x 22.3 cm)
Charles Amos Cummings Fund, 1988 1988.2
One of the original staff photographers at Fortune, Life, and Time magazines, Bourke-White is celebrated for her coverage of European battlefields and concentration camps during World War II as well as for her powerful images of the American South during the Depression, guerrilla warfare in Korea, and twentieth-century industry. This photograph—an icon of early, idealizing, machine-age art—was made when the monumental George Washington Bridge was still under construction, for a Fortune essay on the Port of New York.
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