Dorothea Lange Research

This blog post will be a summary on my research into Dorothea Langue an American born documentary photographer. This research was used to help me produce my essay for Unit 5. I have also included the links I used to help me create my research for further reading.

  • Dorothea Lange was born in 1895.
  • Lange was considered by many as one of the most influential American documentary photographers.
  • Lange wasn’t just a documentary photographer she also worked within Photojournalism.
  • She studied Photography in New York at the Columbia University, and was taught by Clarence H White, an American Photographer.
  • In 1918 Lange moved to San Francisco to set up her own portrait studio, which went on to become very successful.
  • In the 1930’s America saw a huge decline in its economic success due to the Great Depression, which affected multiple countries and caused the worldwide GDP to fall. This led America’s unemployment to rise, and there was a lot of poverty, especially in the rural south.
  • Lange turned her attention and her camera from studio work to street photography. The Farm Security Administration (FSA) (formerly known as Resettlement Administration) employed Lange as part of their Photography project. This project was to document the rural poverty caused by the great depression. The project has produced lots of images, which are stored in the Library of Congress.
  • What could be seen as Lange’s most iconic piece The Migrant Mother 1936 was from her time at the FSA documenting the poverty.
Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother 1936

Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother 1936

Dorothea Langue Research

“She was a very strong woman. She was a leader. I think that’s one of the reasons she resented the photo—because it didn’t show her in that light.” Viola Owens


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