Margaret Bourke-White. A Generator Shell, Dnieperstroi. 1930

Margaret Bourke-White A Generator Shell, Dnieperstroi 1930

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As the first staff photographer for Fortune magazine, Bourke-White awed readers with images of American industry. In 1930 her passion for “the drama of the machine” brought her to the USSR, where efforts were underway to rapidly modernize the nation’s agrarian economy. Although the Soviets relied on assistance from US engineers and
praised assembly line technology, they critiqued capitalism as exploitative. Bourke-White’s photographs were reproduced in Soviet propaganda to suggest that the USSR’s working conditions were more humane. Yet as one worker wondered, “is there a difference between high pressure production in Socialist Russia and in Henry Ford’s Detroit?”

Gallery label from 2022
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
13 1/4 × 9 1/4" (33.7 × 23.5 cm)
Credit
Gift of the artist
Object number
154.1974
Copyright
© 2022 Estate of Margaret Bourke-White / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Department
Photography

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