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Girl with a Camera

In this historical novel, noted writer Carolyn Meyer deftly captures the daring and passionate life of photographer Margaret Bourke-White. Growing up, young Peggy White was interested in snakes and caterpillars and other unfeminine things. She intended to become a herpetologist, but while she was still in college, her interest in nature changed to a fascination with photography. As her skill with a camera grew, her focus widened from landscapes architecture to shots of factories, trains, and bridges. Her artist's eye sharpened to see patterns and harsh beauty where others saw only chaos and ugliness.

Totally dedicated to her work, and driven by her ambition to succeed, Margaret Bourke-White became a well-known and sought after photographer, traveling all over the United States and Europe. She was the first female war photojournalist in World War II and the first female photographer for Life magazine, which featured one of her photographs on its very first cover. A comprehensive author's note provides additional information to round out readers' understanding of this fascinating and inspiring historical figure.

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"In this well-researched novel, Meyer does an excellent job of describing the transformation of her subject from a socially awkward girl to a strong and independent woman who has the determination, talent, and resourcefulness to not only become a pioneer in the field of photography, but to also 'find success in a man’s world.' The narrative is packed with daring escapades and breathless adventures, as Margaret, the first female photojournalist for Life magazine, goes the extra mile to get the perfect shot....Included are several photographs of Bourke-White that provide readers with a glimpse at the real woman behind the text, as well as two of her most famous images." -- Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 12 and up
Author Carolyn Meyer
ISBN 1629795844
Publication Date Apr 4, 2017
Publisher Calkins Creek
Language English