The ground-breaking photographer of the 1930's, 40's, and 50's captured the beauty
of industry at the Corning Glass Works, Chrysler, and Republic Steel. Her ability
to make powerful machines look like art was just what the country wanted in the
1920's, when we were worshipping industrial expansion. Then, as the Depression brought
heartache and despair, she began to concentrate on the people behind the machines.
In this presentation, you will hear about her adventures climbing on skyscrapers,
leaning out of airplanes, going into war zones. She covered life during the Depression,
went on a bombing mission, photographed Stalin, Churchill, Patton, and Gandhi. She
had an indomitable spirit and a craving for attention. This was a woman determined
to be the best, and the first! She was the 1st photographer hired by Fortune magazine
in 1929, the 1st western photographer allowed into Russia in 1930, and she had the
lead story and cover of the inaugural issue of Life magazine in November, 1936.
"I want to do all the things that women never do."
"Machine parts were being made from molten steel; there was the sudden magic of flowing
metal, flying sparks. I loved that."