Dorothea Lange


Dorothea Lange, ‘Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California’ 1936, printed c.1950
Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California 1936, printed c.1950
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Dorothea Lange (born Dorothea Margaretta Nutzhorn; May 26, 1895 – October 11, 1965) was an American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA). Lange's photographs influenced the development of documentary photography and humanized the consequences of the Great Depression.

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  • Art Term

    American social realist photography

    American social realist photography refers to photographs that documented rural poverty during America’s Great Depression of the 1930s and 1940s

  • Essay

    Cruel and tender

    Carter Ratcliff

    What is the place of documentary photography in art? This is the central question raised by Tate's first major exhibition …

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