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  •  Dorothea Lange (May 26, 1895 – October 11, 1965) was an influential American documentary photographer and photojournalist , best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA). Langes photographs humanized the consequences of the Great Depression and influenced the development of documentary photography.contracted polio at age 7, which left her with aweakened right leg and a permanent limp
  •  Dorothea Lange was named Dorothea Margaretta Nutzhorn at birth. She dropped her middle name and assumed her mothers maiden name after her father abandoned the family when she was 12 years old Lange was educated in photography at Columbia University in New York City, Started off taking portraits of wealthy people
  • Dorothea Lange in 1936
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  • She went to Oklahoma to take pictures of dust-bowl emigrants, and went up and down California,meeting and photographing the homeless familieswho had come in search of work. During this timeshe took “Migrant Mother” which was to become hermost famous picture.
  • The photograph that hasbecome known as “MigrantMother” is one of a series ofphotographs that DorotheaLange made of Florence OwensThompson and her children inFebruary or March of 1936 inNipomo, California. Lange wasconcluding a month’s tripphotographing migratory farmlabor around the state for whatwas then the ResettlementAdministration
  • I saw and approached the hungry anddesperate mother, as if drawn by amagnet. I do not remember how Iexplained my presence or my camerato her, but I do remember she askedme no questions. I made fiveexposures, working closer and closerfrom the same direction. I did not askher name or her history. She told meher age, that she was thirty-two. Shesaid that they had been living onfrozen vegetables from thesurrounding fields, and birds that thechildren killed. She had just sold thetires from her car to buy food. Thereshe sat in that lean- to tent with herchildren huddled around her, andseemed to know that my picturesmight help her, and so she helped me.There was a sort of equality about it.
  • May 1939. “Between Tulare and Fresno on U.S. 99.Farmer from Independence, Kansas, on the roadat cotton chopping time. He and his family havebeen in California for six months.”
  • August 1936. Drought refugees from Abilene, Texas,following the crops of California as migratory workers.
  • July 1939. Gordonton, N.C. “Country store on dirtroad. Sunday afternoon. Note kerosene pump on theright and the gasoline pump on the left. Rough,unfinished timber posts have been used as supportsfor porch roof.
  • October 1939. “Tavern onmain street of potato townduring harvest season.Merrill, Oregon.”
  • December 1935. “Resettledfarm child. From TaosJunction to Bosque Farmsproject, New Mexico.”
  • California, March1937. “Toward LosAngeles.” Anotherironic pic
  • Oregon, August 1939. “Unemployed lumber worker goes withhis wife to the bean harvest.
  • In fact this young Texanmother had travelledthirty five miles eachway to pick peas. Forthe five hours eachworked they earned – intotal – $2.25. With twoyoung children to feed,
  •  The pain of her childhood, gave her a fuller sense of what suffering meant, and later on, when the government hired her to document the effects of the depression, it deepened her compassion for the destitution and despair that she saw all around her. She took the time to get to know the people in the photographs, learn who they were and what their life styles were like. Her pictures capture the strongest emotions and even though the people are not talking in the picture, we can understand what they want to say, or how they feel. Her work made awareness to others about their life styles.