Margaret, Annie and the Chrysler gargoyle

Photographer Margaret Bourke-White setting up shop on an eagle head.

Bourke-White is a legendary photojournalist: aside from the Chrysler building stunt, she was the U.S.’s first female war correspondent, covering World War II and the Korean War, and was the first female photographer to work on Life (her photograph of the Fort Peck Dam appears on the cover of the magazines first issue).

This photo of Life Magazine’s photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White atop a steel gargoyle protruding from the 61st story of the Chrysler Building was taken by her dark room assistant Oscar Graubner in 1934

Annie Leibovitz And Assistant Robert Bean On Chrysler Building - New York, New York John Loengard 2

“I can’t help but feel that we’ll have Margaret Bourke-White’s shadow over us. But that’s nice; that’s really, really nice.” (Annie Leibovitz)

Annie Leibovitz and Assistant Robert Bean in Chrysler Building

Photo by John Loengard (1991)


“Amy, Wonderful Amy”

Amy Johnson achieved worldwide recognition when, in 1930, she became the first woman pilot, or in the language of the time, “aviatrix”, to fly solo from England to Australia. Flying G-AAAH, a Gipsy Moth which was the first of her aircraft named “Jason”, she left Croydon, south of London, on 5 May of that year and landed in Darwin, on 24 May after flying 11,000 miles (18,000 km).

Photo Central Press/Getty Images (1930)

Opening Day

The Golden Gate Bridge opening day, May 27, 1937

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a stunning technological and artistic achievement, opens to the public after five years of construction.

On opening day – “Pedestrian Day” – some 200,000 bridge walkers marveled at the 4,200-foot-long suspension bridge, which spans the Golden Gate Strait at the entrance to San Francisco Bay and connects San Francisco and Marin County. On May 28, the Golden Gate Bridge opened to vehicular traffic.

(AP Photo)

Io + Gatto

Photographs of Wanda Wulz are extremely rare, as in the late 1930s she turned to portrait painting.


WANDA WULZ ‘Io + Gatto’ (Selbstporträt / Self-portrait), 1932

Wanda Wulz was na italian experimental photographer.

One great example of her works is the self-portrait merged with a portrait of a cat. She created this striking composite by printing two negatives—one of her face, the other of the family cat—on a single sheet of photographic paper, evoking by technical means the seamless conflation of identities that occurs so effortlessly in the world of dreams. 

Io + Gatto (Self-portrait) (1932)