Dorothea Lange: Portraits of American Country Women

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When Roy Stryker headed the Farm Security Administration, he deployed 15 photographers to capture the human landscape of the United States. The famous project launched the career of many photographers, and one of them was Dorothea Lange.

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. (1938). 5. Woman of the High Plains. "If you die, you're dead. That's all." Texas Panhandle, 1938; The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. (1953). 4. Bessie, daughter of Zion, mother of three, she lives in a small village settled on an isolated ox-cart trail in 1858 by ten families; he Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. (1954). 1. Early Californian.

The photojournalist Lange had been dreaming of becoming a photographer since high school and pursued her goals in New York, becoming an apprentice of many famous photographers there. Lange eventually moved to Los Angeles and set up shop there. During the Great Depression, Lange focused more on the streets and the homeless people, which resulted in the "White Angel Breadline (1993)". The image captured the attention of the Resettlement Administration, the former name of the FSA.

Lange had a massive portrait collection of women taken by herself, taken all across provincial America. It's through this series Lange would be celebrated forever as a pioneer in documentary photography with the image "Migrant Mother", which was the photo of American mother Florence Owens Thompson.

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. (1938). 11. Ex-slave with a long memory. Alabama; The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. (1940). 3. Farm wife lives on the Great Plains. Nebraska; The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. (1941). 6. Young girl, cotton picker, she migrates with her family from crop to crop, and lives under conditions of deprivation; The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. (1931). 7. Mary Ann Savage was a faithful Mormon all her life... Toquerville, Utah; The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. (1953). 9. Young mother. She lives in a Mormon hamlet... Gunlock, Washington County, Utah; The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. (1953). 9. Young mother. She lives in a Mormon hamlet... Gunlock, Washington County, Utah

Images are from the New York Public Library, under the public domain.

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