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Margaret Bourke-White was for much of her career the quintessential photojournalist. A major contributor to Life magazine, starting with its inaugural edition in 1936, Bourke-White was the first of dozens of female photojournalists who appeared, and then disappeared, during the golden age of news magazines in the mid-twentieth century. Her precision and strong sense of design were formed while working as an industrial photographer, glamorizing the steel industry and urban architecture.
In 1930 Bourke-White was the first Western photographer allowed to take pictures in the Soviet Union. This perfectly composed, beautifully lit photograph shows infants at mealtime in a Soviet orphanage. Light plays on the almost identical heads of the sexually indeterminate three-year-olds, solemnly sharing milk and bread at a child-size table with a spotless white tablecloth.
- Artist: Margaret Bourke-White, American, 1904-1971
- Medium: Gelatin silver photograph
- Dates: ca. 1930-1931
- Dimensions: 9 3/8 x 13 1/4 in. (23.8 x 33.7 cm) (show scale)
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 79.299.1
- Credit Line: Gift of Samuel Goldberg in memory of his parents, Sophie and Jacob, and his brother Hyman Goldberg
- Rights Statement: © artist or artist's estate
- Caption: Margaret Bourke-White (American, 1904-1971). Untitled, ca. 1930-1931. Gelatin silver photograph, 9 3/8 x 13 1/4 in. (23.8 x 33.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Samuel Goldberg in memory of his parents, Sophie and Jacob, and his brother Hyman Goldberg, 79.299.1. © artist or artist's estate
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)