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Witness to Life & Freedom

Witness to Life & Freedom

Margaret Bourke - White in India and Pakistan

By (author) Pramod Kapoor
By (author) Gopalkrishna Gandhi
By (author) Vicki Goldberg


  • Margaret Bourke-White's photo essay on the Partition between India and Pakistan in 1947-48, and the mayhem of communal violence that followed
  • Bourke-White was the first female war-correspondent and a famous American photojournalist for Life magazine
  • These valuable photographs capture a crucial moment in the history of India and Pakistan
  • An important, rare visual resource for history scholars of the period
Full Description

Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971) was a pioneering American photojournalist. As staff photographer for the popular Life Magazine, she captured some of the defining moments of the twentieth century, which often took her to troubled spots around the world. She was the first female war correspondent, and covered combat during the Second World War. The first American to be allowed into the Soviet Union, she traveled through the country documenting its rapid industrialization, and even managed to photograph Joseph Stalin at the Kremlin. Some of Margaret’s most celebrated photographs were taken in India and Pakistan in 1947-48, as the two countries marched towards freedom from British colonial rule. She photographed the times and the leaders, including Mahatma Gandhi (who called her his ‘torturer’) and Muhammed Ali Jinnah. She was eyewitness to the migration of millions and the mayhem of communal violence that accompanied the subcontinent’s partition into two independent nations. This body of work forms the focus of this book. Contents: Foreword; Preface; Introduction; India: A Pillar of Fire; Photo Essay.

About the Author
Pramod Kapoor is a collector of historical records and photographs and a publisher by profession. He has previously compiled pioneering books like The Unforgettable Maharajas; India: Then and Now and New Delhi: Making of a Capital, and is working on his forthcoming title, Indian Century.
Roli Books
15th Dec 2010
USA & Canada
7.76 in x 9.25 in
144 Pages
115 color
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