Newsprint Drying—Price Brothers


Margaret Bourke-White (American, 1904–1971)


1932, printed 1930s


Gelatin silver print


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Purchase with funds from Georgia-Pacific Corporation

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Margaret Bourke-White achieved many firsts. Hired by Henry Luce in 1929, she was the first staff photographer for his Fortune magazine. She produced the cover for the inaugural edition of LIFE, as its first female photographer, in 1936. As a correspondent during World War II, she captured the German invasion of Moscow in 1941, was the first woman to accompany Air Corps crews on bombing missions in 1942, and documented the liberation of the German concentration camps in 1945. This photograph of drying newsprint, made for a Price Brothers Paper publicity campaign, epitomizes her signature style: a precise, industrial, formally harmonious aesthetic that captured the spirit of the “machine age.”

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© (c) Estate of Margaret Bourke-White

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