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Margaret Bourke-White

Estimate
10,000 - 15,000 USD
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Description

  • Margaret Bourke-White
  • DUMMY AND CHUTE LANDING, IRVING AIR CHUTE COMPANY, BUFFALO
  • Titled and with extensive annotations in pencil and crayon and usage, copyright, collection, and numerical stamps on the reverse
  • Gelatin silver print
  • 9 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches
title, reduction, and numerical notations in pencil and crayon and with Time Inc. copyright and LIFE use, assignment number, and Picture Collection stamps on the reverse, framed, 1937

Provenance

Time Inc. Picture Collection

Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, 2005

Literature

'Aviators of 38 Nations Do Their Jumping in U. S. Parachutes,' LIFE, 22 March 1937, p. 31 (this print)

Catalogue Note

This print was reproduced in a 1937 LIFE magazine story about America's oldest and most successful parachute manufacturing company, the Irving Air Chute Company of Buffalo, New York.  Bourke-White had begun her career as a photojournalist at another Time Inc. publication, Fortune, where she became known for an innovative style that incorporated elements of modernism and abstraction.  For the Irving story, Bourke-White applied her inventive eye to the task of photographing parachutes, producing a series of visually adventurous images, one of which was featured on LIFE’s cover. 
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