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Philippe Halsman, 2 May 1906 - 25 Jun 1979  Search this
Margaret Bourke-White, 14 Jun 1904 - 27 Aug 1971  Search this
Gelatin silver print
Image/Sheet: 35.2 × 26.8 cm (13 7/8 × 10 9/16")
Mat: 71.1 × 55.9 cm (28 × 22")
Exhibition Label:
Born Bronx, New York
When news photographer Margaret Bourke-White went to Philippe Halsman’s studio in 1943 to have this likeness made, she specified that the image should have a sleek, glamorous edge. At that moment, however, her fame rested on accomplishments that were decidedly more gritty than glamorous, namely her many coups in covering the fronts of World War II for Life. In June 1941, she was the only foreign photographer to document the German air raids over Moscow. Then, when she was on her way to cover the African front, a German submarine torpedoed the ship she was on, and she recorded fellow passengers as they scrambled for survival. A few months later, Bourke-White became the first woman allowed on a combat flying mission. She also photographed the liberation of the concentration camp in Buchenwald, Germany, at the end of the war.
Nacida en el Bronx, Nueva York
Cuando la reportera gráfica Margaret Bourke-White visitó el estudio de Philippe Halsman en 1943 para ser retratada, especificó que la imagen debía tener un aspecto elegante y glamoroso. Por aquel entonces, sin embargo, su fama se basaba en logros decididamente no tan glamorosos, a saber, las muchas coberturas de éxito sobre el frente en la Segunda Guerra Mundial que había realizado para la revista Life. En junio de 1941, fue la única fotógrafa extranjera en documentar los ataques aéreos alemanes sobre Moscú. Luego, cuando se dirigía a cubrir el frente africano, un submarino alemán atacó el barco en el que viajaba y la fotógrafa registró a los demás pasajeros en el momento en que luchaban por sobrevivir. Unos meses más tarde, Bourke-White se convirtió en la primera mujer en obtener permiso para participar de una misión de combate aéreo. Fotografió la liberación de los campos de concentración en Buchenwald, Alemania, al final de la guerra.
Costume\Jewelry\Ring  Search this
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Equipment\Camera\Tripod  Search this
Margaret Bourke-White: Female  Search this
Margaret Bourke-White: Visual Arts\Artist\Photographer  Search this
Margaret Bourke-White: Journalism and Media\Magazine editor  Search this
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Irène Halsman
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