Dorothea Lange (American, 1913-1965)

Lange’s is best known for images that depict impoverished families and workers that were hit hardest during the Great Depression. Later, Lange photographed the evacuation of Japanese-Americans to internment camps after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Her tendency towards natural lighting creates nuance in value and tone and engenders empathy for trauma and the human experience. Lange studied photography at Columbia University in New York and moved to San Francisco to photograph the unemployed on the streets during the Great Depression. She was commissioned by the Farm Security Administration in 1935 to photograph rural migrant workers. Lange received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1941, and worked as a photo-journalist for Life Magazine. Her work can be found in major museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the National Gallery of Art and the Library of Congress, Washington DC