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Margaret Bourke- White Kelly Van Sickle Margaret Bourke- White never thought she would be a famous photographer In 1921 when Margaret was 17 she went to college to study herpetology or the study of snakes and reptiles That same year her father died leaving her family with little money To stay in college Margaret got a job taking and selling pictures of the college campus using her fathers broken camera That summer she got a job as the photographer and counselor at a summer camp Even though she liked taking pictures for Margaret photography was still a hobby But architects and other photographers were impressed with her photographs and encouraged her to use her talent When she graduated in 1927 Margaret turned down a position at the Museum of Natural History and went to Cleveland to open her own photography studio Margaret had courage and talent from the beginning At first she did advertising work for schools and other businesses but never stopped working on her artistic skills For example as she was walking by she noticed a preacher speaking in a square with only a group of pigeons to hear Margaret wanted to take his picture but she didnt have her camera with her She ran into a camera store and asked to rent or borrow a camera The picture became one of her first works of art and the owner of the store became one of her best friends One of Margarets early dreams was to photograph the inside of a steel mill but women werent allowed inside Being a woman didnt stop her and the pictures were a success Her shots were published in magazines all over the country and got Margaret her first big job at Fortune magazine in New York With Margarets photos Fortune became one of the leading photography magazines The magazine had also made her a star but Margaret still kept her studio
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