Friday, June 14, 2013

Interesting Portraits of Margaret Bourke-White with Her Cameras

Margaret Bourke-White (June 14, 1904 – August 27, 1971) was an American photographer and documentary photographer. She is best known as the first foreign photographer permitted to take pictures of Soviet industry, the first female war correspondent (and the first woman permitted to work in combat zones) and the first female photographer for Henry Luce's Life magazine, where her photograph appeared on the first cover. She died of Parkinson's disease about eighteen years after she developed her first symptoms.

Here, on Margaret Bourke-White’s birthday, we present a collection of interesting photographs of Bourke-White with her cameras in the past.

Margaret Bourke White at work. July 1946. Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White.

Margaret Bourke-White (L) holding camera as she poses w. unident. civilian & 3 SAC security guards on their patrol jeep equipped w. machine gun next to nose of bomber plane at Strategic Air Command's Carswell Air Force Base. Fort Worth, TX, US. April 1951. Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White.

This photo of Life Magazine’s photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White atop a steel gargoyle protruding from the 61st story of the Chrysler Building was taken by her dark room assistant Oscar Graubner in 1934.

Margaret Bourke-White clad in Army togs, w. camera, sitting on windshield of jeep as Army driver looks on, during US assignment to cover cavalry & artillery on the Italian front during action in WWII.  Italy. 1944. Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White

Margaret Bourke-White prepares to take a photograph of a wagon piled with corpses in the newly liberated Buchenwald concentration camp. Buchenwald, [Thuringia] Germany, April 1945. Photographer: Colonel Parke O. Yingst. 

Margaret Bourke-White riding a mule in wilderness. Honduras. 1955. Photographer: Alfred Eisenstaedt.

Margaret Bourke-White sporting US Air Force helmet while holding large camera in cockpit of airplane during her assignment at Strategic Air Command's Carswell Air Force base. Italy. April 1951. Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White.

Margaret Bourke-White wearing SAC helmet while holding her camera as she sits strapped in bombardier's seat in a B-47 bomber just before take-off on training mission shoot, at Carswell AF Base. El Paso, TX, US. April 1951. Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White.

Margaret Bourke-White dressed in leather air regalia on day that she photographed US air attack on Tunis during WWII, becoming the first woman to accompany the US Air Force on a combat mission. February 1943. Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White.

Margaret Bourke-White stands on the scaffolding enclosing the under-construction Chrysler Building in New York, 1931. Photographer: Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Margaret Bourke White setting up her camera at the 1939 New York World's Fair. Flushing, NY, US. March 1939. Photographer: Alfred Eisenstaedt

(Images via Time/LIFE Inc.)

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