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Jessicas Page Dorothea Lange

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Dorothea Lange Career

She was educated in photography in New York. She was taught by Mr. White. She moved to San Francisco in 1918. With in a year she had a successful portrait studio. She lived across the bay in Berkley for the rest of her life. She was married in 1920 to a noted wester painter Maynard Dixson. She had two sons one was born in 1925 and the other in 1929. The oldest was named Daniel and the youngest was named John. When the Great Depression started she stooped taking pictures of stuff on the inside of her studio and pointed her camera to the streets. Her studies of the unemployment and the homeless captured other photographers.

 

 

 

 

 

Beginning of career

 

That led her to get employed by the federal resettlement administration (RA) later known as the farm security administration (FCA).  In December of 1935 she divorced Dixon. She remarried an agricultural economist. Her new husbands name was Paul Taylor. Together they documented rural poverty and migrant labors for the next five years. Her husband was interviewing and taking economic data while she took pictures. From 1935 and 1939 she worked for the RA and FCA brought the plight of the poor and forgotten. Well the one picture that she is famouse for taking is the migrant mother and she talked about her experience taking this photo. That led her to get employed by the federal resettlement administration (RA) later known as the farm security administration (FCA).  In December of 1935 she divorced Dixon. She remarried an agricultural economist. Her new husbands name was Paul Taylor. Together they documented rural poverty and migrant labors for the next five years. Her husband was interviewing and taking economic data while she took pictures. From 1935 and 1939 she worked for the RA and FCA brought the plight of the poor and forgotten. Well the one picture that she is famouse for taking is the migrant mother and she talked about her experience taking this photo. in 1960 she talked about her photo of the migrant mother. "I saw and approached the hungry and desperate mother, as if drawn by a magnet. I do not remember how I explained my presence or my camera to her, but I do remember she asked me no questions. I made five exposures, working closer and closer from the same direction. I did not ask her name or her history. She told me her age, that she was thirty-two. She said that they had been living on frozen vegetables from the surrounding fields, and birds that the children killed. She had just sold the tires from her car to buy food. There she sat in that lean-to tent with her children huddled around her, and seemed to know that my pictures might help her, and so she helped me. There was a sort of equality about it."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Middle of Career

 In 1941 she was awarded guggenheim fellowship for excelince in photography. After the attack on pearl harbor she gave up she gave up the award to record the forced evaluation of Japaness Americans. She covered the rounding up of them and the internment in relocation camps, hilights Mazanar the first of the first permenent internment camps. To many observers, the photos of the Japaness children pledging to the flag shortley before they were sent to the internment camp was a haunting reminder of this polocy. Her photos were so obviously critical the Army had to impound them. Today her photos of the intenment are now avalible in the National Archives on the website of the Still Photographs Division.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

End of Career

in 1945 Lange was invited by Asel Adems to accept a position at as faculty at the first fine art photograhy in California School of Fine Arts(CSFA). In 1952 she co-founded a photography magazin. Lange and Jones were commistioned in the mid 1950's to shot photograhy for a documenture for Life Magazin of the death of Montecello, California. The magazin did not run the artical.  After that Lange devoted ne whole issue of aperture to the work. The photo collection was stored at the Art Intstue of Chicago in 1960. In the last two decades of her life she was weak and poor. She was suffering from gastric problems, which includes bleeding ulsers as well as post polio syndrom. The weakness and pain of polio was not yet known by most recognized physicians. Lange died of esophageal cancer on October 11, 1965 at age 70. She had survied two husbands, she was survived by her second husband, Paul Taylor, two kids, three step children, and numerous grand-children and great grand children.

 

Comments (1)

Joey Erbacher said

at 11:23 am on Oct 13, 2011

You should add a little bit more information to this by Tuesday there Jessica!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

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