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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1956
Untitled (Portrait of Joan Bowly, Dorothea Lange's Mother)
1927
Jun-38
1934
1934

Studio flyer with text: "new season / 1934 / dorothea lange / photographs / of people / new place / 2515 / gough street / san francisco / GRaystone 2807"

c.1952|1997

Modern print (1997) from the original negative in the collection of the Center for Creative Photography

c.1952|1997

Modern print (1997) from original negative in the collection of the Center for Creative Photography

Spring 1942

Handwritten on negative envelope: "Consumers Spring 1942 Oakland, 10th St Market (Continued) (How many times did I try this and not get anywhere?)"

Note in Catalog Sheet Volume 5 indicates...

Ex-Slave with a long memory
1938
ca. 1938

The heading in the catalog for Dorothea Lange Retrospective New York Museum of Modern Art reads: "Crossroads Store, Alabama 1937," which is a misidentification. The photo was actually...

ca. 1938

Handwritten on negative envelope

"Memphis unemployed waiting for relief see also San Francisco, Oakland, same time.. Also - politics"

1938
1938|June 1937

Lange numbers 38112 - 38130 are of Texas. Lange Problem #323. Evidently this a Lange copy negative.

c.1938
Doorstep of Church|Grayson, San Joaquin Valley, California
April 20, 1939|1938
1938
1938
San Francisco Social Security Office|Line Up at Social Security in Early Days of the Program
1937
Drought Refugees | Back
c.1935
c.1935
c.1935
c.1935
c.1935

35172-8: Kern Co. People

Richmond - School Children - Every Hand Up Signifies A Child Not Born in California
c.1942
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