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Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange

An influential American documentary photographer and photojournalist, Lange (1895–1965) is best known for her work capturing the American Depression era in the 1930s. Lange's intimate portraits and uncompromising vision humanized the consequences of the Great Depression and influenced the development of documentary photography as a social force.

Lange worked for the Farm Security Administration, a government initiative to combat American rural poverty during the Depression. The program became famous for its small but highly influential photography program that portrayed the challenges of rural poverty. During this period, she captured iconic images of migrant workers across America and children working in factories, bringing light to populations of people otherwise unseen. Lange became the first woman awarded a Guggenheim fellowship.

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