Margaret Bourke-White By: aubrey bowers p.1

Margaret Bourke-White

Margaret Bourke-White was born June 14, 1904 in New York, New York and died August 27, 1971 in Stamford, Connecticut. She went to a variety colleges and during that time photography was just a hobby for her. White was the first women to photograph for the U.S. armed forces. She has traveled to North Africa, Russia, Germany, India, Pakistan, and Korea. People from magazines saw her work and decided to hire her; that's how she became a known photographer.

World War II

She photographed World War II.

Buchenwald Concentration Camp

She tends to take pictures people's facial expressions and body language with a little background instead of a capturing everything that's going on with little details of people's faces.

She also photographed concentration camps.


She photographed the Soviet Union.

I like the way that she photographs very emotional events. The way she captures people's facial expression in close detail and adds a little bit of background to it. She makes me want to pay more attention to the faces and bodies of the people I'm photographing.

Margaret Bourke-White uses rule of thirds in this photo to make it more interesting. There are two main subjects, the man crying and the dead body. They are both out of the center, showing that they both have an equal amount of impact in the picture. It makes it visible that the man is crying because his friend is dead.

The light in the image is side-light. The crying man is not lit up by the sun but the way the sun is it makes the body in the back have some light. With the man being darker and not look lit makes it seem like he looks like his emotion and with the dead body being more lit than the man seems like the sun is showing you the reason to why the man is crying.

The center of interest would be the crying man. It captures my interest because I am curious as to what he is doing and I want to figure more detail about him.

The mood of the image is mourning. The man's friend was killed and he's mourning and crying over that.

What I like best about the image is that you can see both the man and the dead body. It gives more depth about the situation.

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