Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Review of "The Photographs of Margaret Bourke-White," edited by Sean Callahan

 Review of

The Photographs of Margaret Bourke-White, edited by Sean Callahan

Five out of five stars

A sampling of the work of this great photographer

 Margaret Bourke-White was one of the superstars of photography, this includes quality, quantity and the locations of the shoots. For example, not only did she photograph Joseph Stalin, she also caught him with a semi-smile. Among other things, she shot pictures of American poverty, life in the Soviet Union, American and Soviet industry, Eastern Europe before the Second World War and the German death camps after Allied Forces moved in.

 Each image has a caption and the one associated with the picture of a poor woman in Georgia is one of the best statements of poverty ever uttered. “I’ve done the best I knew how all my life, but it didn’t amount to much in the end.”

 While this is only a mere taste of the work of Margaret Bourke-White, it is enough to give the reader a clear understanding of how good she was. Unafraid to put herself in harm’s way for a good picture, she will always remain a giant and a pioneer in the field of photography.

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