Individual Works

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Bourke-White, Margaret

A Priest, 1934

photogravure

13 x 9 1/8 in.

Bourke-White, Margaret

Aluminum Company of America, 1934

gelatin silver print

24 1/2 x 17 3/4 in. (61.3 x 44.9 cm) framed

Bourke-White, Margaret

At the Time of the Louisville Kentyck Flood, Kentucky, 1937

warm toned gelatin print

19 1/2 x 26 1/2 in. (49.5 x 67.3 cm)

Bourke-White, Margaret

Boys studying Talmud, Orthodox Jewish School, Uzhorod, Carpatho-Ruthenia, 1938

gelatin silver print

10 x 13 in. (25.4 x 33 cm)

Bourke-White, Margaret

Close view of Pond, W.M. Clapp Estate, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, July 1928

gelatin silver print

9 3/4 x 13 1/4 in. (24.8 x 33.7 cm)

Bourke-White, Margaret

Coffee Plantation Worker, Brazil for Pan American Airways, 1936

gelatin silver print

13 1/4 x 9 1/2 (33.7 x 24.1 cm)

Bourke-White, Margaret

Contour Plowing, Walsh, Colorado, 1954

gelatin silver print

10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm)

Bourke-White, Margaret

Distant View of Garden with Statue and Reflection, W. M. Clapp Estate, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, July 1928

gelatin silver print

12 3/4 x 9 1/8 in. (32.4 x 23.2 cm)

Bourke-White, Margaret

East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, 1936

gelatin silver print

13 1/8 x 9 7/8 in. (33.3 x 25.1 cm)

Bourke-White, Margaret

Grosvener Crescent, London, 1939

gelatin silver print

7 1/4 x 9 3/4 in (18.4 x 24.8 cm)

Bourke-White, Margaret

Machine Dance, Moscow Ballet School, 1931

gelatin silver print

13 7/8 x 19 1/2 in. (35.2 x 49.5 cm)

Bourke-White, Margaret

Miners Digging for Bauxite, United States, 1934

gelatin silver print

13 5/16 x 9 6/16 in. (33.8 x 23.8 cm)

Bourke-White, Margaret

Molten Metal, Pouring the Heat, Open Hearth, Ford Motor Co., 1928

warm-toned gelatin silver print

18 1/2 x 13 1/4 in. (47 x 33.7 cm)

Bourke-White, Margaret

Organ Pipes, c.1931

warm-toned gelatin silver print

13 1/4 x 9 1/4 in. (33.7 x 23.5 cm)

Bourke-White, Margaret

Painting Side of the S.S. Bremen, 1930's

warm-toned gelatin silver print

13 1/8 x 9 1/8 in. (33.3 x 23.2 cm)

Bourke-White, Margaret

Path Through Garden, W. M. Clapp Estate, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, July 1928

gelatin silver print

13 1/8 x 9 1/4 in (33.3 x 23.5 cm)

Bourke-White, Margaret

President and Mrs. Roosevelt in Warm Springs, Tennessee, 1938

gelatin silver print

10 1/4 x 13 3/8 in. (26 x 34 cm)

Bourke-White, Margaret

Rolling Coiled Aluminum Sheet, 1929

toned gelatin silver print

13 1/4 x 9 1/4 in. (33.7 x 23.5 cm)

Bourke-White, Margaret

South African Gold Miners, 1950

gelatin silver print

13 1/2 x 10 1/8 in. (34.3 x 25.7 cm)

Bourke-White, Margaret

Study for Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, CT, c.1934

gelatin silver print

9 1/8 x 13 3/8 in. (23.2 x 34 cm)

Bourke-White, Margaret

Untitled (Commercial Knitting Factory), n.d.

gelatin silver print

14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm)

Bourke-White, Margaret

untitled, ALOCA Worker, 1934

toned gelatin silver print

13 1/8 x 9 1/4 in. (33.3 x 23.5 cm)

Bourke-White, Margaret

View of Lilly Pond with Reflection, W. M. Clapp Estate, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, July 1928

gelatin silver print

12 13/16 x 9 in. (32.5 x 22.9 cm)

 

Bourke-White, Margaret

Village School, Kolomna, Volga Region, Russia, 1932

gelatin silver print

13 x 17 in. (33 x 43.2 cm)

Bourke-White Margaret

Western Electric Conveyer Belt and Parts, c.1933

gelatin silver print

9 1/4 x 13 1/4 in. (23.5 x 33.7 cm)

Bourke-White, Margaret

Worker, Magnitogorsk, U.S.S.R., 1931

gelatin silver print

13 1/16 x 9 3/16 in. (33.2 x 23.3 cm)

Margaret Bourke-White

                  American, 1904-1971

 

a legend for her fearless and bold spirit, which allowed her to pursue her subjects with intense dedication and relentlessness. Her images demonstrate her profound interest in a pure beauty, in the changing landscape of her time, and in the industrialization that formed the early decades of the 20th century. Her pictures are often tightly cropped, focusing on a singular detail or staging the scene from a unique angle. They have strong, clear lines and often incorporate a repetition of forms or shadows, sometimes imparting an abstract quality. The new medium of the photo-essay for such American magazines as Fortune and Life, led to a successful and important career in photojournalism. 

She was the only foreign photographer allowed into the USSR in the early 1930s. Her photographs of Russia, beginning with a documentation of the German invasion of Moscow, constitute some of her most memorable work. She also photographed the Buchenwald concentration camp the day after its liberation, and interviewed Gandhi hours before his assassination.

 

Bourke-White studied at the Clarence H. White School of Photography in 1922. She moved to Cleveland to begin a career in photography in 1927, and married novelist Erskine Caldwell, with whom she worked in the Deep South, in pre-Nazi Europe and in the Soviet Union until her death from Parkinson’s disease in 1971.