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