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Photos: Famed Photojournalist Sees SoCal From Above in 1952

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LIFE has released a set of photographs taken by famed photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White in 1952. What made those images so special sixty years ago was that Bourke-White got up in a helicopter to shoot them, giving the glossy publication the opportunity to put together a 12-page spread with the photos shot all over America.

We pulled the images published as Bourke-White rode in the skies above SoCal, from the onion fields (yes, the onion fields) of Burbank to the lovely Coronado Hotel in San Diego. (She also took rides over San Francisco, Chicago, and New York.)

"As expressions of one woman’s — and one magazine’s — endless pursuit of new ways to celebrate America’s breadth, energy and its vast, thrilling scale, the pictures here are unparalleled," writes LIFE today, adding: "That they were made from a helicopter is simply and unabashedly cool."


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