MCC celebrates life of photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White
By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Manchester - posted Wed., Oct. 2, 2013
The Manchester Community College Organization of Active Adults presented a look into the life of Margaret Bourke-White, a famous photojournalist from 1930-1950. The celebration was held at the MCC campus on Sept. 20.
The MCCOAA acquired actress Sally Matson to portray Bourke-White. Matson’s performance was very intriguing to Bourke-White’s fans. “This makes Matson’s third performance of American women that have shaped American history,” said Charlotte Georges, a member of the MCCOAA program committee. “We are pleased to have such a talented actress demonstrate how important this woman was.”
Bourke-White was born Margaret White in New York, N.Y., in 1904. She died in August of 1971. She hyphenated her last name with her mother’s maiden name, Bourke, to become Bourke-White when starting her career in 1927 as an industrial and architectural photographer. She was known for her originality. She was the first woman photographer to photograph the action during WWII. In 1929, Bourke-White began working for the new magazine, Fortune. The photojournalist was sent on assignments in countries such as Germany and the Soviet Union. She also captured the desperation of the American Midwest’s ‘Dust Bowl’ in the 1930s. This gave Bourke-White a new direction with her work, which began to show a more compassionate, humanistic side of her art.
According to Bourke-White’s website www.life.time.com/margaret-bourke-white/, during WWII she was on assignment for Life magazine. While crossing the Atlantic Ocean, her U.S. transport ship was torpedoed and sunk. Bourke-White survived and proceeded to cover the siege of Moscow. This is a woman who was clearly not afraid of conflict. Because of these achievements, the photojournalist gained recognition throughout the world.
After WWII, Bourke-White was sent to India to photograph Mahatma Gandhi. While she was there, she was able to capture the massive migration caused by the division of the Indian Subcontinent into Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan.
The MCCOAA felt that people should not miss out on learning about such a special and fascinating woman. It is women like this that helped change the way the world looked at women in general. One of the group's goals is to expose as many people as they can to heroes in American history.
The MCCOAA also has a travel committee, and the group takes trips throughout the year. Each trip is a full day or longer. For more information about the organization, visit http://www.mcc.commnet.edu/continuing/oaa.php.