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)