Dorothea Lange

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Dorothea Lange
Dorothea Lange in 1936; photographer
Dorothea Nutzhorn[1]

(1895-05-25)May 25, 1895
DiedOctober 11, 1965(1965-10-11) (aged 70)
Known forPhotography

Dorothea Lange (May 26, 1895 – October 11, 1965) was an influential American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA). Lange's photographs showing the United State's poor families during the Depression influenced the development of documentary photography.

Lange was born on May 26, 1895, in Hoboken, New Jersey.[2] In 1914 Lange started her career working in the studio of photographer Arnold Genthe. She also studied with Clarence Hudson White at Columbia University.[3] In 1919 Lange opened her own portrait studio in San Francisco, California.[4]

In 1935 Lange began working for the Resettlement Administration which was later renamed the Farm Security Administration. In 1936 she took her best-known photograph Migrant Mother.[3]

Lange died on October 11, 1965, in San Francisco, California.[2]

A retrospective exhibition of her work was held at the Museum of Modern Art in 1966.[5]

Notable works[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Dorothea Lange + Migrant Mother". The Kennedy Center. Retrieved 4 September 2023.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Dorothea Lange". Britannica. Retrieved 4 September 2023.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Dorothea Lange ~ Dorothea Lange Biography with Photo Gallery | American Masters | PBS". American Masters. 31 July 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2023.
  4. "Dorothea Lange". International Center of Photography. 7 June 2019. Retrieved 4 September 2023.
  5. "Dorothea Lange | MoMA". The Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 1 September 2023.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Dorothea Lange at Wikimedia Commons