Margaret Bourke-White

Cultural Documents is currently researching the works Bourke-White made during her 5 months based in the Province of Isernia, documenting the Italian campaign as it moved northwards through the Gustav and Winter lines during 1943 and 1944. Please see the pages Margaret Bourke-White and Project Space, Filignano for more info.


Margaret Bourke-White is the ultimate trailblazing female photojournalist, war correspondent and artist. One of the most famous and successful photographers of her time, her combination of intelligence, talent and ambition enabled her to moments of capture global society into iconic photographs which are recognised throughout the world.

Bourke-White’s photographs are included the collections of the The Library of Congress, Brooklyn Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York and museums and private collections throughout the world.

Her images are recognised for exposing the extremes of humanity during the Twentieth Century: from the heights of human achievements expressed through engineering, architecture and industrialised labour, to the depths of human suffering of the great depression, the Nazi concentration camps and the experience of war and famine.  Her achievements include the cover of the first edition of Life magazine; the first woman to be accredited by the U.S. Army; documenting the creation of India and Pakistan; photographing apartheid in 1949/50 South Africa; being the first foreign photographer permitted to photograph Soviet industry and capturing the Korean War.

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