Never one to shy away from a difficult or dangerous assignment, “Life” magazine photographer Margaret Bourke-White covered the Italian and German fronts of World War II, the partition of India and Pakistan, the Korean War, South African apartheid, and New Jersey political scandals. For the photo essay “A New Way to Look at the U.S.” (published April 14, 1952), Bourke-White was suspended from a helicopter or small plane with her 20-pound camera to capture unfamiliar views of familiar places, including Coney Island, as seen here; the Statue of Liberty; and Houston’s San Jacinto Monument.

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Margaret Bourke-White, American, 1904–1971
Coney Island Parachute Jump, New York
1952, printed c. 1960
Gelatin silver print
Image: 15 3/8 × 19 5/16 in. (39 × 49 cm) Sheet: 15 9/16 × 19 1/2 in. (39.5 × 49.5 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by Joan and Stanford Alexander in memory of Ries Daniel and in honor of Anne Wilkes Tucker receiving the first AIPAD Award

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number

[Sotheby’s New York, October 3, 2001, lot 250]; [Michael Shapiro Gallery, San Francisco]; Private collection, 2001; [consigned to Michael Shapiro Gallery, 2016]; purchased by MFAH, 2017.