Margaret Bourke-White: Twenty Parachutes

When Margaret Bourke-White was commissioned to photograph the testing of Irving Parachute Co.’s new silk parachute in 1937, she instead recorded an emblematic struggle between natural forces and human ingenuity, between our limitations and the devices we create to exceed them.
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Untitled #33 (Twenty Parachutes), 1937

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Untitled #29 (Twenty Parachutes), 1937

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Untitled #47 (Twenty Parachutes), 1937

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Untitled #76 (Twenty Parachutes), 1937

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Untitled #46 (Twenty Parachutes), 1937

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Untitled #41 (Twenty Parachutes), 1937

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