Margaret Bourke-White

Woman Who Has Just Obtained Meat after Waiting in Line, U.S.S.R.

1931
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Margaret Bourke-White, one of the most versatile photographers of the twentieth century, was capable of switching from a dynamic modernist style to a documentary approach when photographing in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe in the 1930s. Like many idealistic, socially minded intellectuals, Bourke-White was interested in the social revolution occurring under Communism. This work, photographed in the steel manufacturing centre of Magnitogorsk, illustrates how effortlessly Bourke-White could accommodate the new realist style favoured in the Soviet Union, a significant factor in her acquisition of a travel visa. Her trips there would come to be viewed with suspicion in the United States and her photographs were used to brand her as a Communist sympathizer.
Title
Woman Who Has Just Obtained Meat after Waiting in Line, U.S.S.R.
Date
1931
Medium
Photograph
Materials
gelatin silver print
Dimensions
33.6 x 23.4 cm
Nationality
American
Credit line
Purchased from the Phyllis Lambert Fund, 1979
Accession number
20977