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In Pictures: Margaret Bourke-White

Relive the globetrotting adventures of Margaret Bourke-White, photojournalist extraordinaire...

LIFE THROUGH A LENS

AT A GLANCE

Margaret Bourke-White was one of the greatest photographers of the last 100 years. From presidents to prisoners of war, no-one was too important, or unimportant, for her camera lens. As a staff photographer for both Life and Fortune magazines, she was despatched across the globe to report on some of the 20th century’s most seismic events. And she did so with passion in her blood and fire in her bones. As one of her editors observed, “Maggie won’t take no for an answer”.

MARGARET BOURKE-WHITE/THE LIFE PICTURE COLLECTION/GETTY X6

DON’T LOOK DOWN

Having extensively photographed the construction of New York’s Chrysler Building, particularly during the bitter winter of 1929-30, Bourke-White then chose to base her studio in the finished tower. She would regularly venture out onto one of its protruding gargoyles in order “to take pictures of the changing moods of the city”.

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August 2016 issue of History Revealed.