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Looking Back : Dorothea Lange

Public Domain: FSA: Destitute Pea-picking Family in Depression by Dorothea Lange (NARA)
No Known Restrictions: "Skid Row" San Francisco, 1937 by Dorothea Lange (LOC)
 Dorothea Lange (1895-1965) initially trained as a studio portrait photographer, however, she had somewhat of a political 'awakening' during the depression turning her lens onto the steet to document the plight of the thousands of people left destitute after the stockmarket crash in 1929.  After the depression, Lange continued to persue a career as a photojournalist and is regarded as being an influential pioneer of documentary photography.

In the 1940s Lange shifted her focus, documenting the internment of Japanese-Americans in relocation camps. At the time her work was so controversial it was impounded by the US Army and later transferred to the United States National Archives.
No Known Restrictions: Pledge of Allegiance by Dorothea Lange, San Francisco 1942 (LOC)
Public Domain: WWII: Japanese-American Internment by Dorothea Lange (NARA)


9 comments:

My name is Renée. said...

Wow this is so amazing!

Kristina said...

I know the first picture - really like her work!

lisa said...

Fantastic post Clare!
Wonderful choices of photographs.

Jen said...

love love her!!

justine said...

she is one of my favourite photographers, do you know the story behind the first shot? it's worth reading about, all happened by accident.

Jamie said...

I want to be here when I grow up

Monique said...

She's amazing. I remember that first image and its been a while since I've seen it. Thanks for sharing this.

Krystal said...

I remember studying that first pic in college =)

Katyha said...

I love her photos. BTW have you seen the movie 'Everlasting Moments'?