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Margaret Bourke White Margaret Bourke-White was born on June 14th 1904 in the Bronx New York Herfather Joseph White was an inventor and engineer and her mother Minnie Bourke wasforward thinking woman especially for the early 1900s When Margaret was very young thefamily moved to a rural suburb in New Jersey so that Joseph could be closer to his job Margaret along with her sister Ruth were taught from an early age by their mother Hermother was strict in monitoring their outside influences limiting everything from friedfoods to funny papers When Margaret was eight her father took her inside a foundry towatch the manufacture of printing presses While in the foundry she saw some molten ironpoured This event filled Margaret with joy and this memory would be burned in her mind foryears to come Joseph Whites chief recreation activity suited his scientific mind her wasan amateur photographer The Whites home was filled with his photographs If somethinginterested Margarets father it also interested her She pretended as a girl to takephotographs with an empty cigar box Although she claimed that she never took a photographuntil after her fathers death Her cousin Florence remembers her helping her father todevelop prints in his bathtub In 1917 her father suffered a stroke By 1919 he hadrecovered enough for the family to take a trip to Niagara Falls and Canada While there shebegan to make notes on his photographs and helped him set up shots on several occasions In 1921 she began college at Rutgers then moved to the University of Michigan then toCornell University from which she graduated in 1927 As a freshman at Michigan she begantaking pictures for the yearbook and within a year was offered the seat of photographyeditor Instead of taking the position she married a engineering graduate student EverettChapman and abandoned photography to pursue married life When the marriage fell apart twoyears later she moved to Cornell where she
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