Trailblazing Photojournalist: Margaret Bourke-White

The Escondido Public Library will host a lecture, Trailblazing Photojournalist: Margaret Bourke-White, presented by Dr. Lynne Iglitzin, a recognized specialist in women’s studies and political science. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, April 24th at 6:30 PM in the Library’s Turrentine Room.

Dr. Iglitzin vividly tells the story of renowned photographer Margaret Bourke-White, who early in the 20th century pioneered new techniques in photojournalism and opened the door for women in photography. Drawing on Bourke-White’s autobiography, letters, and biographies, Dr. Iglitzin brings to life the photographer’s determination to fulfill her goals. Margaret Bourke-White brought the world striking black and white photography in the factories and steel mills of Cleveland--where no woman had gone before. Her sensitive pictures during the 1930s illustrate the impact of the Depression in American social history. As the pre-eminent photographer for LIFE Magazine, Margaret Bourke-White's powerful photographs from the 1940s brought images of World War II directly into the living rooms of Americans everywhere. Margaret Bourke-White became one of the most famous women of the 20th century. Her story shows a woman determined to realize her dreams--and is a compelling tale in the history of women and photojournalism.

Dr. Lynne Iglitzin is a member of the State of Washington Humanities Speakers Bureau and offers this presentation to the community as a special one-time engagement. Her presentation is engaging and educational. Dr. Iglitzin is a former Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington and author of several books, including Women in the World and Violent Conflict in American Society. She is also a founding board member of Youth in Focus, a program promoting photography as a tool for motivating youth. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. This event is free and open to the public. For more information on this program and other Library events, go to or contact 760-839-4601.