You know the cover well — the very first issue of LIFE Magazine. Shot by the one and only Margaret Bourke-White. To state the obvious, no one could even begin to encompass Margaret Bourke-White’s achievements as a LIFE photographer and as a journalist.
Here, on Margaret Bourke-White’s birthday (she was born June 14, 1904, in the Bronx), LIFE.com presents a number of her most recognizable photos, all of which appeared in a wonderful article in the June 28, 1963, issue of LIFE titled, “Great Lady With a Camera” — a celebration of the photographer that the magazine published in conjunction with the release of Bourke-White’s autobiography, Portrait of Myself.
“Miss Bourke-White,” LIFE told its readers, “for 25 years a member of LIFE’s staff, has put her career into an autobiography…. The following pages include a sampling of her photographs along with her gay and moving story, taken from the book, of a tyro’s first steps to success.”
See the photos on LIFE.com here.