From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8?A well-written, factual, and fluid biography of the renowned photographer. Information about all aspects of this extraordinary woman's life is presented in a well-balanced, insightful, and sensitive manner. Most of the book deals with Bourke-White's experiences up through the Korean War. The period from 1954, when she was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, until her death in 1971 is only briefly discussed. A good selection of black-and-white photos clearly show the woman and her art. An interesting, carefully researched account.?Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA
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Gr. 6^-10. Keller's biography discusses the great photojournalist's life and work and shows how Bourke-White captured the crucial events of the mid-twentieth century in black-and-white pictures that have become universal images. She photographed Stalin and Gandhi, prisoners at Buchenwald, miners in South Africa. She documented the thrilling power of industrial machinery and the poverty of the rural South during the Depression. It's a pity in a book about photography that the reproductions are small and dim, but the text will stimulate readers to seek out the great pictures in their original size and context. Photographers will enjoy the discussion of craft and technique, and many teens will be fascinated by the story of an independent, daring woman who broke boundaries. There are source notes for direct quotes and a bibliography. Hazel Rochman