DOROTHEALANGEMAY 26TH 1895 TO OCTOBER 11TH 1965Photojournalist Profile
Launch of her Career as aPhotographer• In 1913 Dorothea Lange graduated from highschool and even though she didn’t want to bea teacher she signed up for New York trainingschool for teachers because her motherwanted her too. However, Lange wanted to bea photographer even though she had noexperience, she was a female, never taken aphoto and she didn’t own a camera.
Launch of her Career as aPhotographer Cont’d• One day she was passing famousphotographer Arnold Genthe’s shop and hegave her a job and this helped launched hercareer. She began to take a photographycourse at Columbia State and she has beenwell known since for her portrait photography.
THE GREAT DEPRESSIONBy 1929 during this stage in Lange’s life shewas married to her first husband Maynardand they had two sons. She then sent hersons to boarding school and move toMexico after the stock market crashedbecause things were becoming a struggleduring this time. While in Mexico and thekids were gone her and her husbandconcentrated on their careers.
Great Depression toWorld War IIBy 1940, the Great Depression had shifted to WWIIand Lange was hired by the WRA (World RelocationAuthority). She was hired to take pictures ofJapanese Americans as they moved to refugeecamps. By this time also she had divorce her firsthusband Maynard within months married her secondhusband Paul Taylor who she met in 1933 when herphotos were exhibited in Willard Van Dyke’s studio inCalifornia
MotivationShe was motivated to take images during thedepression because she wanted to change the socialconditions of people. She felt as though by her takingthese images it would help should the strength thesepeople had but also to show how it has affected thesepeople in a negative way. These people werelost, looked hopeless, experiencing poverty and morebecause of what was going on at the moment. Just bywhat she was seeing around her she continued to takeimages.http://www.dptips-central.com/dorothea-lange.html
Ethics• One of the issues Lange had was for the fact shewas a female during an era where there was notmany females. She had no experience at all, shenever taken a photo and she didn’t have acamera. Also, her mom wanted her to be ateacher and not a photographer which was nother had many obstacles against her even thoughshe was interested in photography.However, despite being a females during thesetimes, a mom, and a wife she is known to be agreat photographer despite all her odds.
BIASBased on the information that was read aboutLange we can say all her photos spoke the truth.She wanted people to see her images just theway she seen them but just through her lenses.Her images were of actually people during anera of hurt, poverty and much more. She knewwhen she was hired by the WRA the extent ofthings she may have seen but that did not stopher from taking images. I believe based on herphotos that she was respectful for those whowere suffering but still able to take her photos.
AWARDSIn 1941, Lange was awarded a GuggenheimFellowship for excellence in photography.-However she gave up this award after Pearl Harborwas attacked to record the forced evacuation ofJapanese American to relocation camps.-Source: http://www.classic-photographers.com/dorothea-lange/
Images by Dorothea LangeImage Source:http://www.bbc.co.uk/photography/genius/gallery/lange.shtml
Images cont’d• The image is black and white due to the era inwhich she took images. Black and whitephotos were very popular during this era.• The images captures my attention because bythe look of the mother’s face you can tell thatsomething is wrong. She looks as if she ishopeless and then you can see two kidsresting on her
Images by Dorothea LangeImage Source: http://www.ibiblio.org/channel/lange.html
Images Cont’d•The image is simple even though there are manypeople in this image. But there are not many peopleand everyone is not to close together.• In this image there are many dark and bright areasin the photo. The subjects in the photo are justsitting there and no one seems to be happy so themood seems to blend with the light and dark areas.
Images by Dorothea LangeImage Source:http://drx.typepad.com/psychotherapyblog/2008/06/vintage-phot-11.html
Images Cont’d• The subject does looked relaxed as if shedidn’t even know the image was being taken.She is not smiling it looks as if she is there juststaring at something or someone.• The images looks flat and bland but it stilldraws your attention because you becomecurious as to why the subject is there andwhat she is looking at.
Images by Dorothea LangeImage Source:http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126289455
Images Cont’d• This has an impact because you want to knowwhat is wrong with the gentleman and why ishis head down. He looks as if he has just givenup.• This image is black and white due to the erathe photographer was in and black and whiteimages were very known during this time.
Quote• Lange quoted “One should really use thecamera as though tomorrow you’d be strickenblind.”• http://www.biography.com/people/dorothea-lange-9372993?page=1
Impact• Lange has definitely impacted the photojournalismworld because her images not only provoke emotion ofempathy they still were beautiful at the same time. Theimages she took during the depression even thoughmany were suffering she still took portraits of themand it was beautiful. She had a way of speaking withpeople and persuading them to took images as well.Lange made a huge impact because her audience couldsee what was going on through her lens and she didn’tuse it to take advantage of people suffering in anywayand people were drawn to her images.
Technology Cont’d• Graflex Series D was use by Lange during thedepression era• The camera was build around a mirror which reflectsthe image formed by the lens on the ground glass. Theimage appears straight up on the ground glass.Sharpness and depth of field can be judged on theground glass. The mirror is made to swing upwards forexposure. At the same time the focal plane shutterstarts to travel across the film surface to produce theexposure. This is the basic principle of the operation ofeach Graflex camera model.
Major At AIC is LiberalArts &Pre-EducationLiberal arts relates to photojournalism because the tools that you learned inschool you can apply it to photojournalism. Liberal Arts gives you thefoundation in many areas that you can apply to everyday life and based onwhat path you take with your major you can apply them to your life. They aremany aspects of this degree you can apply such as ethics, thinking, socialskills, and many more. As a photojournalist you need to interact withothers, think quickly, make ethical decisions and other skills that will guideyou along your photojournalistic path. With the information that is obtainedin school you can apply it now to photojournalism and it helps you connectboth areas easily. It is said that many photojournalists have a bachelor in artsas well. Also one of my concentration was psychology and that is definitely agreat attribute to apply to photojournalism because you get an understandingof people and there behaviors, personality and skills. Psychology is also greatbecause it teaches you more about your individual self and that helps becausewhatever motivates you or who you are reflects in the photojournalist.