A Stunning View of Manhattan in 1939

Margaret Bourke-White began to take photographs to earn money as a student at Cornell University and, by 1928, developed a particular eye for architectural and industrial photography. In 1930 she was taken on by Fortune magazine, and dispatched to the Soviet Union to photograph its industrial installations. Soon she was their principal photographer, and her career quickly took off.

She scaled the heights of the Chrysler Building during its construction for an apparently death-defying shoot to produce some of the most memorable images of New York ever taken.

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