Margaret Bourke-White was hired by Henry Luce as a staff photographer for the new Life magazine, and this image was chosen for the first cover, November 23, 1936.
Margaret Bourke-White with a print of her photograph from the first cover of Life magazine.
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Depicted in the photo used for that first Life magazine cover was Fort Deck Dam in Montana. It is typical of the architecture and industrial focus of early and some later photography by this pioneer woman photojournalist and war photographer.