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Margaret Bourke-White:
The Photography of Design, 1927-1936

Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma WA Sep 24-Jan 15, 2006

Margaret Bourke-White - The Photography of Design, Campbell Soup: Peeling Onions
Margaret Bourke-White: The Photography of Design, Campbell Soup: Peeling Onions (1935), gelatin silver print [Tacoma Art Museum WA, Sept 24-Jan 15]


Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971) was one of the most influential photographers of the twentieth century. She developed her style as part of the new emerging field of photojournalism during the 1920s and 30s, and her modernist eye captured pictures with perspectives as ominous and mysterious as they were telling. Bourke-White was an original staff photographer at both Life and Fortune magazines, and, in fact, had one of her photographs chosen for the cover of the first issue of Life Magazine.

Margaret Bourke-White - The Photography of Design, Chrysler Building: Gargoyle outside Margaret Bourke-White’s Studio

Margaret Bourke-White: The Photography of Design, Chrysler Building: Gargoyle outside Margaret Bourke-White’s Studio (1930), gelatin silver print [Tacoma Art Museum WA, Sept 24-Jan 15]



Margaret Bourke-White: The Photography of Design, American Airways: Sikorsky S-42, Propellors, ca (1934), gelatin silver print [Tacoma Art Museum WA, Sept 24-Jan 15]


Margaret Bourke-White  - The Photography of Design, American Airways: Sikorsky S-42, Propellors, ca (1934)

She was the first western photographer allowed into the Soviet Union. She corresponded in the battlefields of WWII and documented the aftermath of Nazi death camps. In 1948, she captured a famous image of Mahatma Gandhi just hours before his death.

Margaret Bourke-White - The Photography of Design, Terminal Tower, Cleveland: View from Grillwork
Margaret Bourke-White: The Photography of Design, Terminal Tower, Cleveland: View from Grillwork (1928), gelatin silver print [Tacoma Art Museum WA, Sept 24-Jan 15]

The Photography of Design, organized by The Phillips Collection in Washington DC, is the first major exhibition to focus on Bourke-White’s defining early work. The 140 original vintage prints on display provide a history of the changing urban world. In particular, her first images of architecture and factories – like the Otis Steel Mill in Cleveland, Ohio and the Chrysler Building in Manhattan – reveal the excitement and drama of human engineering and industrial development.

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