Dorothea Lange: Seeing the Great Depression

Born on this day in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1895, photographer Dorothea Lange grew up on the rough and tumble Lower East Side of New York. Settling in San Francisco after attending Columbia University, she married and established a successful portrait studio. During the Great Depression, the re-married Lange gave up portraiture and began traveling California and the midwest documenting rural poverty and migration. These photographs, as well as those she took of the Japanese Internment during World War II, secure her place as a documentarian of prominence. Her works are in the collections of New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney, among others. 

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