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The Discerning Eye of Photographer Margaret Bourke-White

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PNG2JPGMargaretBourkeWhitew365h244 A photographer has the unique ability to call the right shots in politics, history and entertainment.

Bourke-White, Central Moscow with antiaircraft gunners-1941

Her head tilted slightly to the left, her keenly intelligent gaze on the rapidly darkening horizon, Margaret deftly clicked some knobs into place on her Leica and breezily waved over one of the handful of suave, mustachioed Muscovite gentleman vying for her attention. "Vladimir! Do be a dear and strike a distinguished pose at the balcony rail so that I might check my focus?" Seconds after Vlad gratefully obliged, the siren she had been expecting careened shrilly into the genteel atmosphere, prompting the glittering hotel guests to obediently scoop up wraps and vodka tumblers and drift languidly back into the suite. Margaret adjusted one more tripod-mounted camera and her elegant auburn up-do,  then cooly slipped through the French doors herself. As the ponderous blackout curtains settled into place and the first barrage of German bombs rained down on Moscow, she smiled inwardly at the knowledge that her automatic exposure timers had assuredly recorded the dramatic event. Now here's a woman who looks forward … just the ticket for photography and passion. The Bourke-White  images range from the macabre to the divine - just like life. She got the shot.  margaret-bourke-white-the-louisville-flood

Few American pioneers of photography or photojournalism can lay claim to the panache or the professional legacy of the dauntless, daring Margaret Bourke-White ... particularly few women have a prayer of doing so. Many artists adventure, yet a scant handful participate in history. Over the wide-ranging course of her career, Margaret was in turn torpedoed in the Mediterranean, strafed by the Luftwaffe, stranded on a remote Arctic island, nearly eviscerated along with a German airfield near Tunis, obliged to enter Buchenwald with Patton, thoroughly blitz-bombarded in Moscow, and fished out of the chilly waters of the Chesapeake when her chopper crashed.

Margaret Bourke-White ~ Gandhi To Be Continued.

Margaret Bourke-White photograph.

Margaret Bourke-White photograph.

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US Officials Rule That Monkey Selfies Cannot Be Copyrighted

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Monkey Selfie

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Bad news for the British photographer who allowed a curious monkey to take a selfie using his equipment – or, indeed, any of us looking to allow wild animals to borrow our smartphones or cameras to take self-portraits – US officials have issued new rules declaring that…

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Astronomy Video Overnight Thread- The beauty of space photography

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Just spectacular. Via Boing Boing.

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Photos of the Day- San Fran's Castro District On DOMA Day

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And the talented and lovely Cat tells me that this weekend is the Pride Parade. Gonna be a doozy.

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Video Mid Day Distraction- Photoshop Live: Street Retouch Prank

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Via Daily What.

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Video Mid Day Distraction- Taking Photos With Google Glass Is Fun!

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Asronomy Overnight Thread- Clouds, Birds, Moon, Venus

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Clouds, Birds, Moon, Venus
Image Credit & Copyright: Isaac Gutiérrez Pascual (Spain)

Explanation: Sometimes the sky above can become quite a show. In early September of 2010, for example, the Moon and Venus converged, creating quite a sight by itself for sky enthusiasts around the globe.   From some locations, though, the sky was even more picturesque. In the above image taken last week from Spain, a crescent Moon and the planet Venus, on the far right, were captured during sunset posing against a deep blue sky.   In the foreground, dark storm clouds loom across the image bottom, while a white anvil cloud shape appears above. Black specks dot the frame, caused by a flock of birds taking flight.

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