Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange

A Life Beyond Limits

Book - 2009/10/19
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Baker & Taylor
Charts the photographer's life from her struggles with polio to her rise as a chronicler of the Great Depression and World War II, exploring her growing radicalization while showcasing rare and previously suppressed images.

Norton Pub
We all know Dorothea Lange’s iconic photos—the “Migrant Mother” holding her child, the gaunt men forlornly waiting in breadlines—but few know the arc of her extraordinary life. In this sweeping account, renowned historian Linda Gordon charts Lange’s journey from polio-ridden child to wife and mother, to San Francisco portrait photographer, to chronicler of the Great Depression and World War II. Gordon uses Lange’s life to anchor a moving social history of twentieth-century America, re-creating the bohemian world of San Francisco, the Dust Bowl, and the Japanese American internment camps. She explores Lange’s growing radicalization as she embraced the democratic power of the camera, and she examines Lange’s entire body of work, reproducing more than one hundred images, many of them previously unseen and some of them formerly suppressed. Lange reminds us that beauty can be found in unlikely places, and that to respond to injustice, we must first simply learn how to see it.
Winner of the 2010 Bancroft Prize and the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography: Dorothea Lange’s photographs define how we remember the Depression generation; now an evocative biography defines her creative struggles and enduring legacy.

Book News
There is little argument that Dorothea Lange was the most important U.S. documentary photographer of the 1930s--her Migrant Mother photograph has become a 20th century icon. In this meticulously researched biography, Gordon (History, New York University) details the life of a woman known to most people only through her photographs, paying special attention to the years before Lange took her famous Depression photographs and to Lange's lesser known later work. Deftly written and illustrated with over 100 photographs (mainly by Lange), this book will appeal to a wide audience. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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& Taylor

Charts the iconic photographer's life from her struggles with polio and family experiences to her early career in San Francisco and rise to a chronicler of the Great Depression and World War II, exploring her growing radicalization while showcasing rare and previously suppressed images.
Dorothea Lange's photographs define how the American Depression is remembered; this evocative biography defines her creative struggles and enduring legacy.

Publisher: London ; New York : W.W. Norton, 2009/10/19
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393057300
0393057305
Branch Call Number: B LANGE
Characteristics: 536 p

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Apr 18, 2018

Born in Hoboken, New Jersey (1895) - Dorothea Lange was a notable photographer (with a very keen eye) whose impressive photographic work (documenting the decidedly rough and realistic side of Depression-era America) stands tall today as some of the very best images, ever.

Proudly presented by historian, Linda Gordon - This well-researched pictorial-biography takes a close-up look at Lange's life and career as an outstanding camerawoman whose stark, striking, b&w images have faithfully documented a very important part of the bleak side of American history in the 20th century.

*Note* - In 1965 - Dorothea Lange (70 at the time) died from throat cancer.

mikelindq Dec 04, 2013

The accompanying descriptions are right on the money --- it's thoroughly researched and very well written. I would only add that it is as much a work of early-to-mid-20th-century American socio-economic and cultural history as it is a biography of a determined, demanding, and flawed human being who overcame many obstacles to accomplish much as a photographer, documentarian, and artist. She contributed enormously to the full telling of our national narrative.

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