Dorothea Lange (1895-1965)

Dorothea Lange (1895-1965) has been called the greatest American documentary photographer. She is best known for her chronicles of the Great Depression and for her photographs of migratory farm workers. Below are 24 pre-World War II photographs, taken for the U.S. Farm Security Administration (FSA), investigating living conditions of families hired to work in cotton fields and farms in Arizona and California. Many of the families had fled the Dust Bowl, the lengthy drought which devastated millions of acres of farmland in Midwestern states such as Oklahoma.

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3 thoughts on “Dorothea Lange (1895-1965)

  1. This is one of my favorite photographs of all time. Such a dramatic portrait to be taken so long ago. I can feel her deep concern without her even speaking a word.

  2. I also just studied Lange for my Art History final. When I saw this picture for the first time, I felt the pain and depression that is written all over this woman’s face. Her documentation of the American Depression is very reminiscent of the photographers who documented the Vietnam War. Deep emotions run throughout her pictures. I enjoy all of her work.

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