Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning

Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning

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by Elizabeth Partridge
     
 

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This beautiful volume celebrates one of the twentieth century's most important photographers, Dorothea Lange. Led off by an authoritative biographical essay by Elizabeth Partridge (Lange's goddaughter), the book goes on to showcase Lange's work in over a hundred glorious plates. Dorothea Lange is the only career-spanning monograph of this major photographer's

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This beautiful volume celebrates one of the twentieth century's most important photographers, Dorothea Lange. Led off by an authoritative biographical essay by Elizabeth Partridge (Lange's goddaughter), the book goes on to showcase Lange's work in over a hundred glorious plates. Dorothea Lange is the only career-spanning monograph of this major photographer's oeuvre in print, and features images ranging from her iconic Depression-era photograph "Migrant Mother" to lesser-known images from her global travels later in life. Presented as the companion book to a PBS American Masters episode that will air in 2014, this beautiful ebook offers an intimate and unparalleled view into the life and work of one of our most cherished documentary photographers.

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Publishers Weekly
10/28/2013
Published in tandem with an episode of the PBS American Masters series, this handsome monograph is the only career-spanning collection of Lange’s work currently in print. Accompanied by an informative biographical essay by the pioneering photojournalist’s goddaughter, this book reminds us why Lange’s unvarnished images of the working poor and other marginalized communities have distinguished her as one of the most important chroniclers of American life in the early 20th century. Lange (1895–1965), the first female photographer to put on solo show at the Museum of Modern Art, photographed what she called the “walking wounded”—people affected by the great crises of the Depression, the Dustbowl, and the interment camps of WWII. As evidenced by her most famous image, “Migrant Mother” (1936), Lange brilliantly captured the beauty and humanity behind the statistics, whether she was shooting the ex-slaves of Alabama, the field workers of Mississippi, Georgia, and California, the homes, businesses, and makeshift shelters of blighted communities, or the Irish, Korean, and Egyptian citizens she encountered while traveling the globe late in her career. Although this book provides just a sample of Lange’s vast and varied oeuvre, it’s a valuable introduction to the trove of human experience documented by Lange’s sensitive eye. More than 100 photos. Agent Steven Malk, Writers’ House. (Dec.)
From the Publisher
"Although she may be known best for her stirring portraits of Depression-era life, photojournalist Dorothea Lange had a career that spanned decades and continents. This new book was carefully curated by her goddaughter, Elizabeth Partridge, and represents the most comprehensive collection of Lange's work to date." - Reader's Digest.com"

In Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning, Lange's goddaughter Elizabeth Partridge, an accomplished and prolific author in her own right, presents a first-of-its-kind career-spanning monograph of the legendary photographer's work, placing her most famous and enduring photographs in a biographical context that adds new dimension to these iconic images." - Brain Pickings

Library Journal
12/01/2013
This generously illustrated (more than 100 plates) monograph is a companion to a PBS American Masters episode airing in 2014. Partridge (writing, Vermont Coll. of Fine Arts; Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange), an established children's book author, examines the career and works of her godmother, Dorothea Lange, one of the 20th century's most important women photographers. Beginning as a portrait photographer in San Francisco in 1918, Lange worked for various state and federal entities during the 1930s and 1940s, recording pivotal moments during the Depression and World War II. Later, she produced images for books and popular magazines, traveled the world in the 1950s and 1960s, and took fine-arts photos. In 1966, Lange became the first woman photographer to have a retrospective solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. Focusing on Lange's early works but also featuring a significant number of her later ones, this book is organized in the same way as a museum exhibition catalog, with a well-written, insightful introductory essay by Partridge. All the plates are captioned; some are showcased with quotations from Lange's interviews and letters. VERDICT Of interest mostly to general readers, students, and others, this survey of Lange's life and works is highly recommended for many public and some special and academic libraries.—Cheryl Ann Lajos, Free Lib. of Philadelphia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452131962
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
11/05/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
File size:
20 MB
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Meet the Author

Elizabeth Partridge is the goddaughter of Dorothea Lange and an award-winning author of numerous books. She lives in California.
Dorothea Lange (1895–1965) produced some of the most beloved and recognizable images of American history.

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A wonderful book on a great woman and photographer!