|While other photo-journalists took shots of the 1937 Kentucky floodwaters, |
Bourke-White captured a much drier, ironic image of the human suffering.
|Margaret Bourke-White, 1930s|
|Holocaust survivors, April, 1945, Margaret Bourke-White|
|Unlike journalism, photo-journalism is often|
the first and final draft of history.
|History too horribly vivid for the pages of Life--one (of several, actually) for the archives.|
|Bourke-White's Fort Peck Dam, its near-abstraction of form as iconic of American resilience and strength during hard times as any photo ever taken--November 23, 1936.|
|The nineteenth-century meets the twentieth--Bourke-White captures |
New York's Lower East Side invaded by the Manhattan Bridge.
|Joseph Stalin, smiling--maybe because|
the photographer was quite pretty?
|Bourke-White went to Japan after the war to record |
that country's amazing industrial recovery.
|Looking up Lady Liberty's skirt. |
If a man had taken such a shot, he'd probably have been fired.