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Brandon Landry: Dorothea Lange

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(American, 1895–1965) is one of the few female photographers whose name is fairly well known. She is mainly dwell upon for her social information work during the Great Depression of the 1930s. As is the case with many well known composers, her talent is often associated with one image. In her case, it is Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California. (Picture below) This representation seeks to present a deeper picture of her achievements in photography, and includes work inclining across Lange's lifework from the 1920s to the 1960s. The collection is drawn overall from the Getty's permanent collection and features a number of new additions. http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/lange/index.html 


In the late 1950s Lange had a fortunate oppurtunity to travel with her husband, Paul Taylor, who commonly came around in developing countries as a consultant on agricultural and community resources. She arranged a few expeditions with him, touring Asia, South America, and the Middle East. These trips opened doors for Lange to grasp her postponed desire to see the world and to create pictures that contain the aspect of what she thought as "a visual life."    



So, basically Dorothea Lange's life was most of all about traveling, photography, and work. She also had a couple of marriages through out her life.


Quotes by Dorothea Lange:

  • "One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you'd be stricken blind."
  • "Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still."
  • "Pick a theme and work it to exhaustion... the subject must be something you truly love or truly hate."
  • "While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see."
  • “This benefit of seeing... can come only if you pause a while, extricate yourself from the maddening mob of quick impressions ceaselessly battering our lives, and look thoughtfully at a quiet image... the viewer must be willing to pause, to look again, to meditate.”
  • “Hands off! I do not molest what I photograph, I do not meddle and I do not arrange.”


Dorothea Lange was born May 26, 1895, in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Dorothea Lange died of Esophageal Cancer on October 11, 1965, (age 70) in San Francisco, California.


How did Dorothea Lange impact our world? Dorothea Lange, through out her life, took several pictures. She liked to think of this as a hobby or a way to make a little bit of money. Surprisingly, her photographs actually impacted our lives. What way? Well, her photographs don't just "speak a thousand words", they actually tell several stories! Stories such as: The several faces of "The Great Depression"(Picture at top of Page), The Enemy, (Below) and others.   


Works Cited


About Life: The Photographs of Dorothea Lange. The J. Paul Getty Museum. The J. Paul Getty Trust, N.D. Web. September 22, 2011 at 12:45:04 pm.


About Life: The Photographs of Dorothea Lange. The J. Paul Getty Museum. The J. Paul Getty Trust, N.D. Web. September 22, 2011 at 12:45:04 pm.


Migrant Farm Families Photos with Original Captions. The History Place. The History Place, 2000. Web. September 29, 2011 at 1:03:58 pm.

Comments (1)

Joey Erbacher said

at 11:25 am on Oct 13, 2011

You really need to work on this this weekend, its not very commpleat and its not very informative there Brandon!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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