21 The First American Photographer In The USSR

The First American Photographer In The USSR

Margaret Bourke-White was an American photographer who got an opportunity to witness military scenes including the ones related to World War II. We have told you some facts about her life in the previous post.

Margaret Bourke-White was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1904. Her father, non-practicing Jew Joseph White was an engineer and inventor, and her mother, Irish-Catholic descent Minnie Bourke, was a housewife. She grew up in Bound Brook, New Jersey, entered Columbia University and became a truly admirer of photography. In 1930 Margaret got a chance to take pictures of the USSR that had been attacked by the Nazi army and was the first female war correspondent.

Magnitogorsk city.

Concrete dam.


As the war progressed, she was attached to the U.S. Army Air Force in North Africa, then in Italy and later in Germany. She was afraid of nothing and considered herself to be a strong woman. Her book with wartime pictures called Dear Fatherland, Rest Quietly was issued in 1945.

In the beginning of 1950 she developed first symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Her career was over followed by a long-term and exhausting treatment. She stopped photographing and became asocial. Margaret died in 1971.


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21 Responses to “The First American Photographer In The USSR”

  1. John says:

    In Communism, people wait in line all day to buy bread. In Capitalism, people wait in line all day to find a job. What’s the difference?

  2. Unknown says:

    @John – too right, mate.

  3. fnu lnu says:

    Difference is, job is hopefully a 1 time (or 2 times) thing…bread is a daily wait and always will be a daily wait.

  4. CZenda says:

    Holy Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo, the captions are more and more coming from some sort of parallel universe. “In 1930 Margaret got a chance to take pictures of the USSR that had been attacked by the Nazi army and was the first female war correspondent”. a) There was no Nazi army in 1930 (Dolfi and his brown bunch seized power in 1933) b) Bourke-White was not the first female war reporter.

  5. Verto says:

    I would prefer “sickle and hammer” rather then plastic currency ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !trading is the worst thing to experience in the history of mankind ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !!

  6. Verto says:

    After collapse of Soviet union,so many good things also died.like “barter trading system”.poor and undeveloped countaries were most beneficial of that system.today only “hard currency” is only requirement for trading.

  7. j pigden says:

    WRONG … blame POLITICIANS and GREED !!! Spineless GREEDY politicians who value keeping their job above doing it are the REAL PROBLEM! GREED in all its forms! Greedy owners, greedy workers, greedy politicians, greedy investors, greedy P
    ACs, etc., all blaming someone else while keeping their own hand out for more were the root cause of the financial disaster. The conservatives were as bad as the liberals. Much of the problem can be traced to investor greed, a conservative bastion.

  8. Batman says:

    there hasn’t been a liberal president since the 1800s, and there hasn’t been a liberal candidate taken seriously since 1917

    if you knew anything about what you’re talking about you would know obama’s policies and cabinet are unquestionably more right leaning than left

    • opticalsound says:

      Well, down here we think ol’ LBJ was a lib-er-rall. I know he was considered conservative to Yankees but his social programs put him in the progressive camp as fer as Texans as concerned.

  9. marxistworker says:

    Magnitogorsk, 1935: Sotsgorod for workers!

  10. Bob greene says:

    Depressing…….slaves don’t smile ever…..

  11. lily says:

    At the factory , there is sign in back …ALL the forces must be moved forward to BOLGOGRAD (not Stalingrad)So this is not a pic of WW2!! Taken before 1925,So this is picture during big famine and this kind of hat ( budenovka) was approx. at 1922.So this is diff era of collectivism and hunger and big famine ( 6 million people in Ukraine died from hunger)

  12. lily says:

    For Bob greene comment, if you would be born their which you do not chouse) you would kill yourself immediatly ,,,,It was very hard time only strong and not spoiled which not required 3 time a day shower would survived.where is ni McDonald for you in each coner.Little respect for suffering people who do not choose place to be born !! 40 million died to in war protect your freedom again Hitler and 50 mill died in gulag..some respect men !!

  13. tamtam says:

    Cool pix. Thanks for sharing

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