The Press: The Great Achiever

Patterns in pictures fascinated her, and her brooding shot of the partly finished crenelated dam at Fort Peck, Mont., graced the very first cover of LIFE in 1936. In a 40-year career with Time Inc. that started when she was hired as FORTUNE'S first photographer in 1929, Margaret Bourke-White pursued patterns everywhere, from sweat droplets on a South African miner's face more than a mile underground to the look of New York from a precarious perch atop a gargoyle on the Chrysler Building, 800 ft. above the street. By the time she died last week at 67, after an agonizing 19-year...

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