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Dorothea Lange

Birthdate: 25. May 1895
Date of death: 11. October 1965

Dorothea Lange was an American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration . Lange's photographs humanized the consequences of the Great Depression and influenced the development of documentary photography.

Quotes Dorothea Lange

„The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.“

—  Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange (1978) Dorothea Lange: A Photographer's Life. p. vii
Context: You put your camera around your neck in the morning, along with putting on your shoes, and there it is, an appendage of the body that shares your life with you. The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.

„I saw and approached the hungry and desperate mother, as if drawn by a magnet.“

—  Dorothea Lange

Statement about Lange's most famous photograph titled "Migrant Mother", in Popular Photography (February 1960.
Context: I saw and approached the hungry and desperate mother, as if drawn by a magnet. I do not remember how I explained my presence or my camera to her, but I do remember she asked me no questions. I made five exposures, working closer and closer from the same direction. I did not ask her name or her history. She told me her age, that she was thirty-two. She said that they had been living on frozen vegetables from the surrounding fields, and birds that the children killed. She had just sold the tires from her car to buy food. There she sat in that lean-to tent with her children huddled around her, and seemed to know that my pictures might help her, and so she helped me. There was a sort of equality about it.

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