Dorothea Lange

Posted: September 11, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Dorothea Lange

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Dorothea Lange is an important icon in the photography world, she is very influential to the world of documentary, during the Great Depression of the 1930’s, she captured some of the most iconographic photos of that era.

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I would describe many of lange’s photographs of the depression are honest and humane, just looking at the woman above by looking at her eyes life is tough, her thin figure is most likely down to the harsh times. She traveled 35 miles each way to pick peas, and for five hours work would only make $2.25 and that is with children to feed as well.

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Every time i look at Lange’s portraits i am drawn to the eyes of the poor, looking at these children’s eyes shows the struggles of these times, instead of children laughing and playing these children have a look of boredom and hopelessness.

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I would say her most powerful images are the ones with the mothers and there children, survival and nurturing was not easy at that time, Her photographs were a voice for the poor that where struggling. The image above called ‘Migrant Mother’ always reminds me of the importance of a mothers love and the struggles she would go through for the survival of her children.

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