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Dorothea Lange

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Dorothea Lange's photographs are some of the most widely recognized images in American photography. Her most famous work, "Migrant Mother," became a symbol of the Great Depression; her images of African-American tenant farmers in the South, desperate Dust Bowl families, and the Japanese-American internment of World War II are remarkable for their honesty, their empathy, and their humanity. Stricken with polio as a child, Lange channeled her feelings of "outsiderness" into her work. At a time when few women had a ...
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Overview

Dorothea Lange's photographs are some of the most widely recognized images in American photography. Her most famous work, "Migrant Mother," became a symbol of the Great Depression; her images of African-American tenant farmers in the South, desperate Dust Bowl families, and the Japanese-American internment of World War II are remarkable for their honesty, their empathy, and their humanity. Stricken with polio as a child, Lange channeled her feelings of "outsiderness" into her work. At a time when few women had a career of any kind, she ran a highly successful portrait studio. What's more, Lange worked ceaselessly to capture just the "right" angles of the face and the many nuances of human facial expression, so that the face of her subject seemed to come alive. Through her camera lens, Lange proved that everyday human life is a thing worth seeing, a thing worth capturing.

Discusses the life and work of the twentieth century American photographer, Dorothea Lange.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791074602
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Series: Women in the Arts Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 6 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 8
1. The Supreme Humanist 12
2. The Outsider 1895-1913 20
3. Learning the Craft 1913-1918 32
4. Portrait Photographer 1918-1929 44
5. Documentary Photographer 1929-1935 58
6. Documenting the Depression 1935-1940 76
7. Minorities and the War 1940-1956 100
8. Grandmother and World Traveler 1956-1965 110
Chronology 118
Works by Dorothea Lange 122
Bibliography 123
Further Reading 124
Index 126
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