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FRAGMENTS | Margaret Bourke-White


Margaret Brock-White, an American photographer and documentary photographer, broke barriers as the first female war correspondent and gained unprecedented access to combat zones.


In the spring of 1945, she remained in war-torn Germany, capturing poignant images that included the haunting scenes of Buchenwald concentration camp. Reflecting on her experiences, she expressed, "Through the lens, I found solace, as it acted as a shield between me and the harrowing horrors that unfolded before my eyes."


Image descriptions:


1-4 Margaret Brock-White's captures:

  1. A self-portrait of Margaret Brock-White, captured in 1942.

  2. A woman removing Hitler's portrait from the wall of a Protestant church, which once served as a Nazi Party headquarters. In the frame, a poster warns against irresponsible speech between citizens. Taken in 1945, Frankfurt.

  3. A Polaroid photograph depicting an American soldier holding fragments of human skin, which were part of the private collection of Ilse Koch, infamously known as the "witch of Buchenwald." Taken in 1945, Buchenwald.

  4. Amongst the ruins of Cologne, a photograph of Hitler's portrait, taken in 1945.

  5. Unearthed from the Bundesarchive, an image of two Nazi soldiers affixing Hitler's portrait, taken in 1933 by an unidentified photographer.






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