Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange

A Life Beyond Limits

Paperback - 2010
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Dorothea Lange's photographs define how we remember the Depression generation; now an evocative biography defines her creative struggles and enduring legacy.

We all know Dorothea Lange's iconic photos -- the "Migrant Mother" holding her child, the gaunt men forlornly waiting in breadlines -- but few know the arc of her extraordinary life. In this sweeping account, renowned historian Linda Gordon charts Lange's journey from polio-ridden child to wife and mother, to San Francisco portrait photographer, to chronicler of the Great Depression and World War II. Gordon uses Lange's life to anchor a moving social history of twentieth-century America, re-creating the bohemian world of San Francisco, the Dust Bowl, and the Japanese American internment camps. She explores Lange's growing radicalization as she embraced the democratic power of the camera, and she examines Lange's entire body of work, reproducing more than one hundred images, many of them previously unseen and some of them formerly suppressed. Lange reminds us that beauty can be found in unlikely places, and that to respond to injustice, we must first simply learn how to see it.

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton, 2010.
ISBN: 9780393339055
039333905X
Characteristics: xxiii, 536 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Apr 18, 2018

Born in Hoboken, New Jersey (1895) - Dorothea Lange was a notable photographer (with a very keen eye) whose impressive photographic work (documenting the decidedly rough and realistic side of Depression-era America) stands tall today as some of the very best images, ever.

Proudly presented by historian, Linda Gordon - This well-researched pictorial-biography takes a close-up look at Lange's life and career as an outstanding camerawoman whose stark, striking, b&w images have faithfully documented a very important part of the bleak side of American history in the 20th century.

*Note* - In 1965 - Dorothea Lange (70 at the time) died from throat cancer.

mikelindq Dec 04, 2013

The accompanying descriptions are right on the money --- it's thoroughly researched and very well written. I would only add that it is as much a work of early-to-mid-20th-century American socio-economic and cultural history as it is a biography of a determined, demanding, and flawed human being who overcame many obstacles to accomplish much as a photographer, documentarian, and artist. She contributed enormously to the full telling of our national narrative.

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