Margaret Bourke-White (American, 1904-1971)
Liberated Prisoners at Buchenwald, Germany, 1945
- Gelatin silver print
- 10 5/8 x 10 5/8 in. (26.9 x 26.9 cm)
- The Jewish Museum, New York
- Purchase: Lillian Gordon Bequest, 2000-77
- © Estate of Margaret Bourke-White/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Not on view
Bourke-White was strongly committed to social causes, and she used her photographs to address the issues that were important to her. In 1937, her photographs of rural poverty in the American South were published in the book You Have Seen Their Faces, a collaboration between Bourke-White and her husband, the novelist Erskine Caldwell. She traveled throughout Europe during World War II as a war correspondent and was with General Patton's forces when the troops liberated the Buchenwald concentration camp in 1945. The following year, Bourke-White published a book of war photographs called Dear Fatherland, Rest Quietly, which helped her come to terms with the horrors she had witnessed during World War II.
Bourke-White was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1952, and she became increasingly infirm over the years. She died in 1971.