Dorthea Lange took pictures of things that most people didn’t see.
She began her photography career as a successful studio photographer but eventually became interested in making art that was more personal. Art that was relevant to the time in which she lived.
During the Great Depression, she traveled to see what was happening to people who were often forgotten. She photographed the unemployed and the homeless, migrant workers, and Japanese Americans living in internment camps.
Her photography brought these images out of the shadows and brought awareness to issues that needed attention. Once her photos were published, people were quick to offer help and to change things for the better.
Her most famous photo, Migrant Mother, prompted the government to provide immediate assistance to people in the migrant camps. Dorthea spoke about the photo years later…
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