L is for Dorothea Lange #AtoZ Challenge
Dorothea Lange with a Graflex 5×7 Series D. Image by Rondal Partridge, Farm Security Administration
Dorothea Lange was born on May 26th, 1895, in Hoboken, New Jersey, as Dorothea Margaretta Nutzhorn – she changed her name later to her mother’s maiden name, as she blamed her father for the divorce of her parents.
After she went to High School, Dorothea went to teacher training school – she wasn’t that academic, and after working for a NYC photo studio decided to make photography her career – going on to study it at Columbia University.
By 1918 she was married to Maynard Dixon, a muralist, with two sons and running a successful photo studio.
Lange’s iconic 1936 photograph, Migrant Mother
She had a such a feeling of empathy and consideration for her subjects, that this enabled her to capture the hardships and pain in a way in a more intimate way than if she had been any other photographer.
Following America’s entrance into World War II, Lange was hired by the Office of War Information and photographed the internment of Japanese Americans.
Children at the Weill public school in San Francisco pledge allegiance to the American flag in April 1942
Lange was a superb photographer, and frequently frustrated by the fact that despite the visceral horrors her images portrayed, they had little effect in instigating any welfare changes. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for achievement in photography in 1941.
She died of esophageal cancer in October 11th, 1965.
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