Margaret Bourke-White becomes the first female photojournalist to be allowed into combat zones—paving the way for women in the field of photography.

Margaret Bourke-White becomes the first female photojournalist to be allowed into combat zones—paving the way for women in the field of photography.

Man tightening the large nuts on the turbine shell of the Dneprostroi Hydroelectric Plant near Zaporizhia, Soviet Union (now Ukraine), 1930. By Margaret Bourke-White  #photography @Qomomolo

Man tightening the large nuts on the turbine shell of the Dneprostroi Hydroelectric Plant near Zaporizhia, Soviet Union (now Ukraine), 1930. By Margaret Bourke-White #photography @Qomomolo

'Parachute', 1937 by Margaret Bourke-White.  Part of a photographic sequence of parachutes being tested by employees of Irving Air Chute Company in Buffalo, New York, the world's largest manufacturer of parachutes.

'Parachute', 1937 by Margaret Bourke-White. Part of a photographic sequence of parachutes being tested by employees of Irving Air Chute Company in Buffalo, New York, the world's largest manufacturer of parachutes.

Margaret Bourke-White: Gold Miners, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1950   At the end of 1949, LIFE magazine sent Margaret Bourke-White on assignment to South Africa for a few months. There, in a gold mine near Johannesburg, at a depth of nearly 5000 feet (1500 m) and in blistering heat, she made the photograph of the two black miners drenched in sweat - a photograph that she herself declared to be one of her favourite pictures.

Margaret Bourke-White: Gold Miners, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1950 At the end of 1949, LIFE magazine sent Margaret Bourke-White on assignment to South Africa for a few months. There, in a gold mine near Johannesburg, at a depth of nearly 5000 feet (1500 m) and in blistering heat, she made the photograph of the two black miners drenched in sweat - a photograph that she herself declared to be one of her favourite pictures.

Margaret Bourke White, Newly made shells, Pilsen Shell, Department at the Skoda Munitions Factory, 1938

Margaret Bourke White, Newly made shells, Pilsen Shell, Department at the Skoda Munitions Factory, 1938

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