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Margaret Bourke-White is a woman of many firsts. Her work covers all the aspects of the Dieselpunk Age: industry and politics, war and fashion, life of the common people and of the rulers.

She was a forerunner in the newly emerging field of photojournalism, and was the first female to be hired as such. She was the first photographer for Fortune magazine, in 1929. She was the premiere female industrial photographer, getting her start in Cleveland, Ohio, at the Otis Steel Company around 1927. In 1930, she was the first Western photographer allowed into the Soviet Union. Henry Luce hired her as the first female photojournalist for Life magazine, soon after its creation in 1935, and one of her photographs adorned its first cover (November 23, 1936). She was the first female war correspondent and the first to be allowed to work in combat zones during World War II, and one of the first photographers to enter and document the death camps. She made history with the publication of her haunting photos of the Depression in the book You Have Seen Their Faces, a collaboration with husband-to-be Erskine Caldwell. She wrote six books about her international travels. The LIFE archive preserves thousands of 'Inflexible Margaret's' photographs. Here are just a few. Enjoy:

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Or browse the album. All pictures have captions (date / location or subject) P.S. The picture above was taken by Bourke-White's colleague Alfred Eisenstaedt, another brilliant master of photography, in 1939

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