Dorothea Lange

"The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion,
without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a
whole harvest of invention."
Francis Bacon (1620) posted on Dorothea Lange's darkroom wall

"The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera." Dorothea Lange

...made her living from portrait photography. She set a price and never haggled over it; no one quibbled with the results.

Iinfluential American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA). Her photographs humanized the consequences of the Great Depression and influenced the development of documentary photography.

...dropped her middle name and assumed her mother's maiden name after her father abandoned the family when she was 12, one of 2 traumatic incidents early in her life. The other was contracting polio at 7 which left her with a weakened right leg and a permanent limp. "It formed me, guided me, instructed me, helped me and humiliated me," Lange once said of her altered gait. "I've never gotten over it, and I am aware of the force and power of it."

... educated in photography at Columbia University in NYC, in a class taught by Clarence H. White. Informally apprenticed to several NY photography studios, including that of the famed Arnold Genthe. In 1918 she left New York to travel the world, but was forced to end the trip in San Francisco and settled there, working as a photo finisher. By the following year she had opened a successful portrait studio. She lived across the bay in Berkeley for the rest of her life. In 1920, she married the noted western painter Maynard Dixon...

With the onset of the Great Depression, Lange turned her camera lens from the studio to the street. ... (
change photo
remove photo

First Collected by

Contributors 7

Related Artists

+ add artist