Bourke-White, Margaret

Margaret Bourke-White (b 1904 d.1971)

This artist started her career in Cleveland, and her camera recorded the "spirit" of this industrial city with focus on the steel industry. She moved away when her work attracted national notice and assignments for Fortune and Life magazines. Bourke-White captures both the beauty and awkwardness of industry. Her influence here can be seen best in the paintings of Carl Gaertner. Both are masters of the fusion of light and dark in the environments of industry. The New York Times review of a 2003 exhibition of her work between 1927-1936 at the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, makes special mention of a Cleveland photograph of the Higbee Company. She is the subject of several publications.

Blast Furnace Operator with “Mud Gun” Otis Steel Company