At the Time of the Louisville Flood Essay

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The image I have chosen is one by Margaret Bourke-White, titled “At the Time of the Louisville Flood”. Margaret Bourke-White was born on June 14, 1904. She first gained recognition as an industrial photographer based in Cleveland, Ohio and worked for the magazine company known as Fortune. She then became one of the founding member for the magazine LIFE, having shot the very first cover of their magazine. Margaret’s name became world-famous for her amazing photographs, even more impressive to have accomplished this at a time when is was a man’s world.

This photograph really gets my attention due to the great irony illustrated in it. When looking at this picture I first take notice to the huge billboard at the back of the setting in
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Digital manipulation was highly unlikely at that time so the picture was seen in its purity.
Having this photography in black and white makes the subject
Furthermore, this photograph is more powerful in black and white rather than in color because the contrast between the main subjects is more obvious. It is taken from an ordinary perspective and angle which draws the viewers in easily. The picture is therefore divided into two parts supplement to each other from this point of view.
This is an effective and influential piece due to the issue brought up by the irony. Through her photograph, Margaret Bourke-White successfully depicted the living standard of African Americans in reality back in the 1930’s compared to the so called “American dream.” This is one of my favorite photographs because of the truthfulness it represents. This image not only brings the suffering of the flood victims to the viewers but also demonstrates the mock made by the billboard toward the victims.
If this photograph is presented without any descriptions and title, it would make little sense to the spectators. Without showing the very front of the bread line, it would be hard for viewers to know who are the people
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