Dorothea Lange

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Dorothea Lange

My famous photographer's name is Dorothea Margaretta Lange.

She was born on May 26, 1895 in New Jersey.

She died on October 11, 1965 in San Francisco.


Dorothea Lange was educated in photography at Columbia University in New York City

She was informally apprenticed to several New York photography studios.

Early life/Family

Her father abandoned the family when she was 12 years old, one of two traumatic incidents early in her life.

The other was her contraction of polio at age seven which left her with a weakened right leg and a permanent limp.

In 1920, she married a western painter Maynard Dixon.

With whom she had two sons, Daniel, born in 1925, and John, born in 1930.


Dorothea Lange only took pictures of depressing things.

Her pictures were mostly black and white and brings sadness when being looked at,

Becoming famous

Dorothea Lange's photos would also get looked at and talked about and just became bigger and bigger.

In 1945, Lange was invited by Ansel Adams to accept a position as faculty at the first fine art photography department at the California School of Fine Arts which made her even more famous.

About her work..her own quotes

"While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see."

"Pick a theme and work it to exhaustion... the subject must be something you truly love or truly hate."

Known for

She is best known for her realistic documentation of one of the most challenging times in our history.

Lange’s photographs for the Farm Security Administration demonstrated the plight of depression era workers.

Everyone has heard about the depression but it was made more real through the photographs she captured.


I picked to write about this photographer because her photos are so real.

Her photos make me open my eyes more and be grateful for what I have and blessed.

Her pictures give me an emotional feeling and thoughts by just looking at them. She captures them spot on.

These photos above and below are pictures Dorothea Lange has tooken.