Margaret Bourke, 1930s

Learning Overhead Photography From Vintage Perspectives

Photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White at work with her large format camera in 1934

Photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White at work with her large format camera in 1934

Margaret Bourke-White's favorite self-portrait, taken in 1943. Bourke-White, in addition to photographing LIFE's first cover story, was one of the magazine's most prolific and storied photographers.  (Margaret Bourke-White—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Margaret Bourke-White's favorite self-portrait, taken in 1943. Bourke-White, in addition to photographing LIFE's first cover story, was one of the magazine's most prolific and storied photographers. (Margaret Bourke-White—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

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.

'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.

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