Dorothea Lange

Migrant Mother, 1936

“I saw and approached the hungry and desperate mother, as if drawn by a magnet. I do not remember how I explained my presence or my camera to her, but I do remember she asked me no questions. I made five exposures, working closer and closer from the same direction. I did not ask her name or her history. She told me her age, that she was thirty-two. She said that they had been living on frozen vegetables from the surrounding fields, and birds that the children killed. She had just sold the tires from her car to buy food. There she sat in that lean-to tent with her children huddled around her, and seemed to know that my pictures might help her, and so she helped me. There was a sort of equality about it.” -Dorothea Lange

Lange was an influential American photographer/photojournalist, noted for her work for the “Farm Security Administration”. Her photographs humanized the consequences of the ‘Great Depression’ while influencing the development of documentary photography. Most of her work is done with a Graflex camera.

 <–how awesome is that!?

I love her photographs & her response’s. I’ve been reading about famous photographers and I’ve decided this is a perfect place to keep note of photographers that inspire me.

 <-Dorothea Lange

“You put your camera around your neck along with putting on your shoes, and there it is, an appendage of the body that shares your life with you. The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” – Dorothea Lange

here are a few more pictures from Lange….

Ditched, Stalled, and Stranded 1935

Plantation overseer and his field hands 1936

Elm Grove 1936


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