Throughout her extensive career as an influential documentary photographer, Dorothea Lange’s artistic reputation was established in the short period 1935-1939. During that period of time Lange was a photographer for the US Farm Security Administration (FSA). She was specifically assigned to document the agricultural workers suffering from the disastrous consequences of the Great Depression era in the 1930’s. As a result of her receptive personality, she was able to portray the impact of the crisis in a personal, direct yet discrete manner.
The world-renowned and iconic image titled ‘Migrant Mother’ is one of the most reproduced photographs ever, and is considered a highlight of her socially committed work. Dorothea Lange died of cancer in 1965. The MoMA in New York held the first retrospective of her work the year following her death.
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