Margaret Bourke-White / Terminal Tower, Cleveland / 1928Margaret Bourke-White
Terminal Tower, Cleveland

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Creator Name: Bourke-White, Margaret
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1904 - 1971
Biography: Margaret Bourke-White American, 1904-1971Margaret Bourke-White was a preeminent photojournalist who gained fame for her striking images published in Fortune and Life magazines in the 1930s-50s. In 1922, while at Columbia University Teachers College in her native New York City, Bourke-White studied photography with Clarence White. She attended several other colleges before graduating from Cornell University (1927), then moved to Cleveland. The city's industrial landscape was influential in the developmentof Bourke-White's photographic style. One of her images from this period, Romance of Steel, was a first-place winner in the Cleveland Museum of Art's 1928 May Show, a regional juried exhibition. The following year Bourke-White moved back to New York to work for Henry Luce's new business magazine, Fortune. In 1934 she was sent by the magazine to cover the drought in the Midwest, an assignment she credited with awakening her social conscience. Three years later she collaborated with writer Erskine Caldwellon You Have Seen Their Faces, an acclaimed study of the plight of rural Southerners during the Great Depression. Bourke-White's long association with Life began in 1936 when she joined the magazine as one of its first staff photographers. When it premieredon November 23, 1936, her photographs of Fort Peck Dam in Montana were featured on the cover and in the lead story. During her career, Bourke-White covered many major world events: the Great Depression, World War II, the partitioning of India, and the Korean War. She continued to photograph throughout the 1950s, publishing her images in magazines and in a number of books, including Eyes on Russia (1931), North of the Danube, with Erskine Caldwell (1939), Say, Is This the U.S.A.?, with Erskine Caldwell (1941), Shooting the Russian War (1942), Dear Fatherland, Rest Quietly (1946), Halfway to Freedom: A Report on the New India (1949), and Portrait of Myself (her autobiography, 1963). M.M.
Gender: F
Creator Name-CRT: Margaret Bourke-White
Title: Terminal Tower, Cleveland
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1928
Creation End Date: 1928
Creation Date: 1928
Object Type: Photographs
Classification Term: Photography
Materials and Techniques: gelatin silver print
Dimensions: Sheet: 34.4cm x 26.1cm, Image: 33.5cm x 25.7cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1985.76
Credit Line: Gift of Max and Betty Ratner
Context: Margaret Bourke-White established her reputation as a photographer of American industry. Active in Cleveland from 1927-29, she was repeatedly attracted to the city's most distinctive landmark, Terminal Tower (completed 1927). which was then the second tallest building in the United States. She documented the tower from numerous vantage points, at different times of day, and under varied atmospheric conditions. Her pictures often have a romantic quality achieved through the combination of clouds, steam, and soft focus.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1985.76
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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