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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Migratory Cotton Picker, Eloy, Arizona
2002|1940

This is a black and white platinum-palladium print of a migratory cotton picker. The composition shows a portrait shot of a young man with dark hair covering his mouth with his the back of his...

c.1934
19-May-42
Aug-44
Italian Americans
Jun-43
Aug-44
May-41
c.1935
c.1935

Lange #s 35262-35270 are of the arrival of Minnesota farmers bound for Alaska to form the Matanuska settlement.

c.1930
San Francisco Social Security Office
c.1937
c.1938
Fall 1937
c.1935
c. 1934

Lange Problem #9. Three negatives only two accession numbers (67.137.7594 -.7595). 67.137.7595 has been changed to .7595.1 and this negative has been assigned .7595.2

c.1935
1935
1934|1937 ?
c. 1934
1934

Lange Problem #19. Negatives do not match images in Contact Sheet books under same Lange #. Catalog Sheets vol. 1, p. 46 lists seven negatives and only three were found in negative envelope (...

1934
Untitled
1920's

Unable to locate any information on this photo in Early Work Catalog, Catalog Sheet binders or Contact Sheet binders.

1933
1934

Note: Catolog Sheets vol. 1, p. 25 lists 4 negatives, 3 accn. #s (67.137.7588-.7590). Skeletal records exist for .7588 & .7589 but only one of the four listed negatives has been found (this...

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