Margaret Bourke White: Her Pictures Were Her Life

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This dramatic life story of internationally ac claimed photographerMargaret Bourke-White (1904-1971) traces the accomplishments of a remarkable woman, the first female to make a name for herself as a photojournalist. The book explores her artistic development and chronicles the assignments for Fortune and LIFE magazines that took her all over the world as she fearlessly risked her life to get her story and tell it through pictures. Illustrated with more than 50 of Bourke-White's black-and-white photographs, and ...
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Overview

This dramatic life story of internationally ac claimed photographerMargaret Bourke-White (1904-1971) traces the accomplishments of a remarkable woman, the first female to make a name for herself as a photojournalist. The book explores her artistic development and chronicles the assignments for Fortune and LIFE magazines that took her all over the world as she fearlessly risked her life to get her story and tell it through pictures. Illustrated with more than 50 of Bourke-White's black-and-white photographs, and including new research based on interviews with those who knew her, this adventure-packed account will serve as an inspiration for everyone who dreams of realizing a cherished ambition.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Gr 5 Up-Bourke-White's art and career are the focus of this visually stunning book. Rubin traces the celebrated photographer's life as she moves from an early interest in science, particularly herpetology, to the field of photography at which she excelled after an early introduction in college. The author follows her subject as she progresses from an industrial photographer who somehow made steel mills and factories look poetic to her successful covers for Life magazine. The book recounts the many adventures Bourke-White had in capturing some now-famous images, as well as the fascinating people she was able to meet, including Mahatma Gandhi and Josef Stalin. Rubin also delves into Bourke-White's personal life, such as the collaboration with her future husband, author Erskine Caldwell, on their documentary You Have Seen Their Faces, among other joint ventures. Many of the various images that Bourke-White masterfully captured are beautifully reproduced in the book, so that her life and work are featured in a balanced representation. More of an art book than a biography, this title should supplement Emily Keller's Margaret Bourke-White: A Photographer's Life (Lerner, 1996).-Carol Fazioli, The Brearley School, New York City Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810943810
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Pages: 96
  • Lexile: 1000L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.25 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: ``I Want to Become Famous''7
The Love of Truth 13
``I Will Be a Success'' 17
On a Red-Glove Day 22
Seeking a Wider World 35
A New Point of View 49
Assignment for Life 65
Recording the Horror 77
Maggie the Indestructible 87
Notes 90
Bibliography 93
Index 95
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