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Top 10 photographs of Margaret Bourke-White

Updated on 6 April, 2019 at 3:22 pm By

This page of Topyaps is dedicated to ten sensational photographs of the ground breaking photojournalist, Margaret Bourke-White. From her precious photo gallery, we have picked out the snaps which are frequently encountered in the eminent exhibitions across the world.

10. Buchenwald Concentration Camp (1945):

Joyless Communist prisoners behind a fence. Buchenwald camp was established by Nazis in 1937, where political prisoners (esp. Jews) were killed systematically.


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9. Taxi Dancers (1936):

A classical snapshot of Margaret Bourke-White. Taxi drivers and their girlfriends partying somewhere in Frontier town.

8. Mine Workers (1950):

After World War II, Bourke-White visited a compound of mine workers in South Africa. She covered this portrayal of racial discrimination in the environment of funky air with over 100 degree temperature.

7. The Poor Mother (1945):

Husband of this Nazi lady was already killed. Hopelessly,  she killed her children and later committed suicide.

6. Bread Line (1937):

This photo was captured by Margaret Bourke-White in 1937, during the deadly “Louisville Flood” in Kentucky.



5. Statue of Liberty (1951):

This eagle eye view of the giant sculpture was taken by Margaret Bourke-White, when visitors were poking through the top.

4. Gandhi and His Spinning Wheel (1946):

In 1946, Margaret Bourke-White was assigned by the TIME magazine to cover the story of expected independence of India. Ironically, before taking this snap she was asked to practice the spinning wheel first.


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3. Partition of India (1947):

One of the most searing snap of Margaret Bourke-White. A youth sitting on the wall of Purana Qila with the uncertainty of future.

2. Pile of Corpses (1945):

Snapped in Buchenwald camp, this deadly photograph was published in the May edition of TIME magazine in 1945, with the description: “Dead men will have indeed died in vain if live men refuse to look at them.”


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1. Horror in front of the Camera: 

Beheading a prisoner during Korean war.

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