Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Margaret Bourke-White's "At the of the Louisiana Flood"

Margaret Bourke-White, "At the Time of the Louisiana Flood," Gelatin Silver Print, 1937

Bourke-White's body of work captured the truth behind American society, while maintaining a "beautiful" aspect to her work. Her body of work explored specifically the depression and the truths behind the American and Soviet industries. This work places lower-class Americans in a black community before an "ideal" image of American society--a billboard of a white family in a car with the words "There's no way like the American way" and "world's highest standard of living. The juxtaposition between the people in the image and the billboard exposes the sense of propaganda America places in its society as well as the illusion projected of the truth behind America.

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