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Blood, Sweat and Tears

January 29, 2010

Campbell Soup: Peeling Onions ~ Margaret Bourke-White (1935)

Peeling like an onion,

I am shedding filmy layers – the firm white flesh revealing

what is hidden deep inside.

~ Wendy Orr

Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971) was one of the most influential photographers of the twentieth century. She developed her style as part of the new emerging field of photojournalism during the 1920s and 30s, and her modernist eye captured pictures with perspectives as ominous and mysterious as they were telling. Bourke-White was an original staff photographer at both Life and Fortune magazines, and, in fact, had one of her photographs chosen for the cover of the first issue of Life Magazine.

She was the first western photographer allowed into the Soviet Union. She corresponded in the battlefields of WWII and documented the aftermath of Nazi death camps. In 1948, she captured a famous image of Mahatma Gandhi just hours before his death.

(Source: Preview-The Gallery Guide)

 

Mohandas Gandhi, 1946 by Margaret Bourke-White

What goes up must come down
spinning wheel got to go round
Talking about your troubles it’s a crying sin
Ride a painted pony
Let the spinning wheel spin

You got no money, and you, you got no home
Spinning wheel all alone
Talking about your troubles and you, you never learn
Ride a painted pony
let the spinning wheel turn

Did you find a directing sign
on the straight and narrow highway?
Would you mind a reflecting sign
Just let it shine within your mind
And show you the colours that are real

Someone is waiting just for you
spinning wheel is spinning true
Drop all your troubles, by the river side
Catch a painted pony
On the spinning wheel ride

Someone is waiting just for you
spinning wheel is spinning true
Drop all your troubles, by the river side
Ride a painted pony
Let the spinning wheel fly.

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One comment

  1. What a life Margaret Bourke-White led, eh? She was a real feminist pioneer. Also, I thought David Clayton Thomas (of Blood, Sweat and Tears and “Spinning Wheel” fame) was dead by now but no, he came through Edmonton last year on tour. Still making the rounds on the strength of that one hit!



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