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.
Gelatin silver print
image/sheet: 9 3/8 x 13 1/4 in. (23.8 x 33.7 cm) (show scale)
Stamped on verso: artist's stamp
Signed in pencil on lower right of mount: "Bourke-White"
Gift of Samuel Goldberg in memory of his parents, Sophie and Jacob Goldberg, and his brother, Hyman Goldberg
Six children at a table.
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Margaret Bourke-White (American, 1904-1971). Untitled, ca. 1930-1931. Gelatin silver print, image/sheet: 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 Goldberg, and his brother, Hyman Goldberg, 79.299.1. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 79.299.1_SL1.jpg)
overall, 79.299.1_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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