52 Powerful Women-Photography
There are plenty of amazing female photographers in the world, but today let’s focus on Margaret Bourke White.
Bourke-White started her career in 1927 as an industrial & architectural photographer for the Otis Steel Company. She would later go on to work for both Fortune magazine and be hired as the first female photojournalist for the new Life magazine.
In 1936, Bourke-White’s photograph of the construction of the Fort Peck Dam appeared on the cover of the very first issue of Life. What a way to kick off what would become an iconic publication.
As impressive as Bourke-White’s early work is, it is not the work that she is recognized for. Not only was she the first foreign photographer permitted within the Soviet Union-not the first female photographer, but the first photographer-, but Bourke-White was also the first female war correspondent.
Let’s take a moment to understand the extent of her work:
-She started the first photography lab at Life
-She recorded how Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia under the Nazi regime…
-as well as how the Russian people were doing under Communism
-She was in Moscow when the German forces invaded
-She journeyed through North Africa with the U.S Air Force…
-then through Italy, where she repeatedly came under fire…
-then through Germany where she traveled with Gen. Patton
-She went to the Buchenwald concentration camp and captured photographs that showed the world the extent of the camp’s horrors
-She photographed Gandhi hours before his death
-She was in India in time to capture the violence that erupted over the country’s independence
-She went through Korea with South Korean troops
Aside from her work over seas, Bourke-White also kept plenty busy on the home front. She worked throughout the mid-1930’s photographing victims of the Dust Bowl. You may recognize one of her more famous photos here:
Bourke-White’s work expresses her compassionate and humanitarian approach to her subject matter. Whether she was photographing Depression-era flood victims or the atrocities of war, Bourke-White did so in a way that encouraged her audience to look beyond the violence and see the true subjects of her work; the people. Her work has had a lasting influence on the photography world.
I’m not gonna lie, I am having a ton of fun with this little project of mine. Special thanks to Distractify for giving me the opportunity to share these powerful photos of women who changed the world. There are other female photographers out there that I would love to cover in a future post. Feel free to share any suggestions you may have!