Thursday, March 5, 2009

Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange, b.1895-d.1965, was a very influential American documentary photographer. She was hired by the Roosevelt Administration to document the 1930's Depression and the struggles of migrant workers and sharecroppers. During WWII, Dorothea was hired by the Government to photograph the internment of Japanese American citizens. The Army believed her photographs did not convey a pro U.S. point of view and had them censored.

Dorothea Lange was hired by the W.R.A., War Relocation Authority to document the forced evacuation of Japanese Americans to U.S. internment camps following Pearl Harbor.
First graders pledging their allegiance to the United States flag just before they are sent to internment camps. This is one of the photographs that led the U.S. government to censor Lange's photographs. A Japanese American shop owner displays a banner before he has to close down his business.

Dorothea captured haunting images of poverty during the Depression. She did a beautiful series of photographs on Migrant Mothers for the Farm Security Administration.


LiLi M. said...

These photos are not only beautiful but are impressive too. Just looking at them tells you that you should be grateful not to be born in that time. That same poverty ruled here too. And then the war came. My mother who was born in 1926 told me often that compared to me her youth was hell (and mine heaven). (Of course I didn't have a clue a that time). Thanks for sharing. I'm going to do my own research on Dorothea Lange now. Thanks for inspiration.

Coco said...

Very interesting and inspiring. Especiallly of these women during the time when women weren't consider of much value by most men. Thank you for such interesting posts about inspiring women.


Kel said...

What an amazing woman!!

Saucy said...

We studied the Migrant Mothers series in art history class... often overlooked work! Glad you shed some light on it.

Christine said...

Amazing photographs! I live not far from one of the internment camps in southern Idaho. There has been talk about putting a museum at that site. I wish they would because not very many people know much about it. I learned a lot about it when I learned a friend had spent time there as a child.


Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

My mom would recall stories of actually having to live in a campsite as a child. That's why she wasn't really a fan of camping as an adult. No matter how many modern conveniences the (family)camping experience could offer. A tent or any other name doesn't smell as sweet.

Sweet Wishes,

Babsarella said...

Thanks so much for sharing the info on this incredible photographer. Her images are amazing.