Dorothea Lange was born on May 26, 1895 in Hoboken, New Jersey and learned photography at Columbia University in New York. She is best known for her chronicles of the Great Depression and for her photographs of migratory farm workers and has been called America’s greatest documentary photographer. She passed away on October 11, 1965.
I find her photography profoundly touching and very realistic. I obviously haven’t lived those times, but that’s what I get from her shots, a deep sense of truth. And I think that’s wonderful – to express that in your art.
One of her most famous portrait, Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, is of a Native American migrant worker—a 32 year old mother of seven named Florence Ownes Thompson, who apparently had just sold their tent to buy food.
Lange worked for the Farm Security Administration documenting the plight of the unemployed, homeless and migrant laborers, taking hundreds of photos. I find most of them intriguing and worth looking at and I’ll post a few of them here.