MARGARET BOURKE-WHITE by Susan Goldman Rubin

MARGARET BOURKE-WHITE

Her Pictures Were Her Life
Age Range: 10 - 13

KIRKUS REVIEW

This oversized, handsome book is an excellent introduction to one of America’s great photographers and her work, which influenced generations of others who followed her craft. Rubin (Toilets, Toasters, and Telephones, 1998, etc.) covers Bourke- White’s life chronologically, from her youth, when she wanted nothing more than to be a herpetologist, through her college years, when she first took a photography class, to her subsequent struggle to find her place in a largely male-dominated profession, photojournalism. By the time she was 30, Bourke-White had made her mark, and was able to earn a handsome living as she traveled the world, not only consorting with presidents and princes, but photographing some of the planet’s most wretched places, including concentration camps. Some of her most powerful photographs illustrate the book, and also give an insight into era in which she earned her place as an artist. Rubin makes clear that Bourke-White’s reputation continues to grow, providing researchers and browsers alike with a warm, admiring glimpse of a woman and her times. (notes, bibliography, index) (Biography. 10-13)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-8109-4381-6
Page count: 96pp
Publisher: Abrams
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 1999




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