Margaret Bourke-White


Margaret Bourke-White was an American photojournalist who was raised to set high standards for herself. She studied at Columbia University in New York in 1922, studying herpetology. After studying with Clarence White, she developed an interest in photography and switched colleges several times before graduating in 1927 from Cornell University. After graduation she moved to Cleveland, OH to begin her career in photography.

She took on the job of associate editor at Fortune magazine in 1929.

“She was talented, took risks and was becoming more successful than some of her male colleagues.”

She accomplished a lot of firsts in her career:

-She was the first Western photographer allowed into the Soviet Union in 1930 when she went on assignment.

-She was the first woman accredited by the U.S. Army as a war correspondent and crossed the German border with Patton’s troops.

-She was one of the first photographers to enter and document death camps.



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