Thursday, November 3, 2016

margaret bourke white's social touch

the famous portrait of Dorothea with her childeren (a poor white family in the wheat belt)
  
In 1929, Bourke-White accepted a job as associate editor and staff photographer of Fortune magazine, a position she held until 1935. She was the first female photojournalist for Life magazine in 1936. During the mid-1930s, Bourke-White photographed drought victims of the Dust Bowl.


What do we see here?

Bourke White has the right touch to capture and interpret her time. This is America right after the Wall Street Crash of 1929. In her photos we see depression, destitution, poverty. She is also making a social commentary. Above, against a poster exulting the good of capitalism, we see a long line of unemployed blacks.

women striking in Chicago

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