Snapping at eternity and capturing life in small pixels is the fastest most efficient way to lie the truth.

 

Margaret bourke white shot the first cover of LIFE magazine, the beginning of a glorious tradition and of the cradle of photojournalism as we know it.

 

 

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Margaret Bourke-White

The camera is a remarkable instrument. Saturate yourself with your subject, and the camera will all but take you by the hand and point the way. "
 

There is just one word that jumps to mind when thinking about Margaret bourke white, and that word is – respect.  A lot of photographers , especially when we look at the older generation, can be described as  pioneers, but bourke white wasn’t just a pioneer.

She was the kind of photographer, the kind of person that inspires pioneers. The mother queen of pioneers, or as one of LIFE'S editor described her – the pioneer of swashbuckling photojournalism.

Speaking of pioneers and speaking of LIFE magazine, Margaret bourke white shot the first cover of LIFE magazine, the beginning of a glorious tradition and of the cradle of photojournalism as we know it.

LIFE was such an important part of western culture in general, and modern life in particular, it didn’t just document progress and events, it was a catalyst, an active part of this progress.

 

Utter truth is essential and that is what stirs me when I look through the camera."

To add to the honor of shooting the first cover and being the first woman photojournalist in the magazine, bourke-white also established the first photo laboratory in the magazine, giving it even more freedom and flexibility and bringing it into the modern age of journalism.

As photographers, we live through things so swiftly. All our experience and training is focused toward snatching off the highlights... That all significant perfect moment, so essential to capture, is often highly perishable. There may be little opportunity to probe deeper.

The amazing thing about Margaret bourke-white is that all these accomplishments are dwarved by something much bigger, much more important, much more relevant to her work – her personality. Being a great photographer or a great pioneer of the media does not mean you are a great person, but in her case, not only was it impossible to do all those things without a strong personality and integrity , you can actually see it in her work.

 

If you want to photograph a man spinning, give some thought to why he spins. Understanding for a photographer is as important as the equipment he uses."

Bourke white knew people, knew how to get the story from them and knew how to shoot them, but her secret was something most photojournalist don’t posses, she had great respect to the subjects. They were people, and she treated them as you should treat people. And you can see it. Now that deserves real respect.

 
Only by his action can a man make himself whole . You are responsible for what you have done and the people whom you have influenced.”

She worked in some of the most horrific places, documenting battle fields as the first female photographer allowed to join the fighting forces and shot unforgettable photos of the concentration camps being liberated, putting on film for eternity the sights she found , and that through LIFE magazine shocked the world.

One of the things that Margaret burke-white was known for is that like a Canadian mountie she always gets her man. Always gets her shot. It seems that fate was happy with her dedication and efforts and time after time she found herself in the right place at exactly the right time. The best example of this is the famous photo of muhandes Gandhi weaving on an old wheel in his room, taken only hours before his assassination.

If anyone gets in my way when I’m making a picture, I become irrational. I’m never sure what I am going to do, or sometimes even aware of what I do—only that I want that picture."
 
There is a lot to learn from Margaret burke white, but if I need to choose just a couple it would be respect for the people you shoot and working hard following your vision enabling fate to bring you to the right results.