Margaret Bourke-White

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Date of Birth June 14, 1904
Place of Birth The Bronx, New York
Date of Death Aug 27, 1971 (67)
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Margaret Bourke-White

Margaret Bourke-White was an American photographer and documentary photographer. She is best known as the first foreign photographer permitted to take pictures of Soviet industry under the Soviet's five-year plan, the first American female war photojournalist, and having one of her photographs on the cover of the first issue of Life magazine. She died of Parkinson's disease about eighteen years after developing symptoms.

Born: Margaret White, June 14, 1904, The Bronx, New York City
Died: August 27, 1971, Stamford, Connecticut, US
Nationality: American
Alma mater: Columbia University, University of Michigan, Purdue University, Western Reserve University, Cornell University
Occupation: Photographer, photojournalist
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About Margaret Bourke-White

Broke the glass ceiling for female photographers and ushered in a kind of vocational expansion in photography.

Before Fame

She learned perfectionism from her father, and the constant desire to improve from her mother.


She was the first foreigner allowed to photograph Soviet industry, as well as the first female war photographer.

Family Life

She was married to Everett Chapman for two years.


Farrah Fawcet portrayed her in a movie about her life called Double Exposure: The Story of Margaret Bourke-White.

Information related to Margaret Bourke-White

  • Photography in the Soviet Union
  • Industrial photographers
  • War correspondents of the Korean War
  • Photography in India
  • Life (magazine) photojournalists
  • Social realist artists
  • American Protestants
  • Women in World War II
  • American photojournalists
  • Case Western Reserve University alumni
  • 20th-century American photographers
  • Purdue University alumni
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