Dorothea Lange

Supported by government programs and new picture magazines like LIFE, Dorothea Lange and other photographers of the 1930s and '40s created an indelible record of everyday life in difficult times. The Great Depression caused many photographers to consider the camera as an instrument of social change. Foremost among this group was Berkeley photographer Dorothea Lange, whose intimate pictures of people in distress were driven by a deep personal empathy. She continued her intensely personal work after the Depression, creating series on the forced relocation of Japanese Americans during World War II, Irish country life, and postwar suburban California, among many other projects. The Oakland Museum of California houses Lange’s personal archive, a gift from the artist that includes 25,000 negatives, 6,000 vintage prints, field notes, and personal memorabilia. Curators and researchers from around the world visit the Museum to access the Lange collection.

 

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San Joaquin Valley, 1939
Drought Refugees
 (Living on wheels)
Midcontinent 1)Returned from California  2.) Returned
 (Looking for Work)
 (Ten Children)
 (Texas Family)
 (Oklahoma Refugees)
Richmond|All Night Movie Theatre
Japanese Owned Grocery Store, Oakland
Highway West|Highway to the West - US 54 in New Mexico|Highway to the West - US 54 in Southern New Mexico|The Road West, New Mexico
Migratory Cotton Picker, Eloy, Pinal County, Arizona
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