Margaret Bourke-White: First Female War Photographer

In the 1930s, she photographed Germany, the Soviet Union, and the American “Dust Bowl.” She also became the first female photographe hired for Life magazine, which featured her photo of Montana on the very first cover.

Margaret Bourke-White taking an architectural photo.

During the war, she traveled to cover the North African campaign and survived her transport ship being torpedoed. 

She also shadowed the U.S. Air Force and took photographs of the emaciated inmates in the concentration camps and the corpses in gas chambers that stunned whole world.


After the war, she photographed Ghandi, the Korean War, and more.

In 1952, she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. She retired from Life magazine in 1969.

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