Margaret Bourke

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Full NameMargaret Bourke-White (born Margaret White)
Date of BirthJune 14, 1904
Place of BirthNew York City, U.S.
Date of DeathAugust 27, 1971
Place of DeathStamford, Connecticut, U.S.
Alma MaterColumbia University, University of Michigan, Purdue University, Western Reserve University, Cornell University
Occupation(s)Photographer, photojournalist
SpousesEverett Chapman (m. 1924; div. 1926), Erskine Caldwell (m. 1939; div. 1942)
Known ForFirst foreign photographer of Soviet industry under first five-year plan, first American female war photojournalist, first Life magazine cover photo
Early LifeBorn to Joseph White (Polish Jewish descent) and Minnie Bourke (Irish Catholic descent); grew up in Middlesex, New Jersey
SiblingsYounger brother: Roger Bourke White (Cleveland businessman), Older sister: Ruth White (American Bar Association)
EducationStudied under Clarence White at Columbia University; graduated from Cornell University with a BA in 1927
Career HighlightsEstablished a commercial photography studio in Cleveland, focused on architectural and industrial photography; notable work for Life magazine
InfluenceLearned perfectionism from her father and a desire for self-improvement from her mother
Awards & RecognitionNoted for her pioneering contributions to photojournalism and documentary photography

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