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Margaret Bourke-White

Photography

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.
MEDIUM Gelatin silver photograph
DATES ca. 1930-1931
DIMENSIONS image/sheet: 9 3/8 x 13 1/4 in. (23.8 x 33.7 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Stamped on verso: artist's stamp
SIGNATURE Signed in pencil on lower right of mount: "Bourke-White"
COLLECTIONS Photography
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 Goldberg, and his brother, Hyman Goldberg
RIGHTS STATEMENT © artist or artist's estate
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CAPTION Margaret Bourke-White (American, 1904-1971). Untitled, ca. 1930-1931. Gelatin silver photograph, 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
IMAGE overall, 79.299.1_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Six children at a table.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (84%)
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