Margaret Bourke-White
Mahatma Gandhi

Margaret Bourke-White

About the artist

1904 — 1971 

The photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White, born 1904 in New York, started out shooting industrial photography, and from 1930 spent time documenting the Soviet Union. By 1936, she was one of four staff photographers at the newly formed Life magazine, the first-ever cover of which featured her shot. Throughout WWII, Bourke-White travelled Europe to document the turmoil through photo essays, becoming the first woman to accompany Air Corps crews on bombing missions. She went on to cover Gandhi's fight for Indian independence and the Korean war.

With a Parkinson's diagnosis in 1953, her work began to slow down, although she would go on to publish an autobiography. The boundaries she broke as a female photojournalist cemented her legacy. Bourke-White died in Connecticut in 1971 at the age of sixty-seven.

Technical information

Image 1: Mahatma Gandhi, 1946
Size: 25,4 x 20,2 cm 
Print techique: gelatin silver
Extra: text on reverse