Top 10 photographs of Margaret Bourke-White

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Updated on 23 Apr, 2015 at 1:18 pm


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.

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.

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.”


1. Horror in front of the Camera: 

Beheading a prisoner during Korean war.