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Dorothea Lange (American, 1895-1965)

Dorothea Lange studied photography with Clarence H. White at Columbia University. New Jersey-born, she became a successful society portraitist in San Francisco, and married painter Maynard Dixon. In the early 1930s, Lange photographed a local soup line and began to document the effects of the Great Depression. In 1935, she worked with Paul Taylor (whom she later married) on a state-funded study of California migrant workers, which led to the first federal housing project. She worked for the FSA from 1935-1939 and photographed Japanese internment camps during WWII. The first woman to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship (1941), her major retrospective was held at the Museum of Modern Art in 1965.
- Marjorie Young

Selected Bibliography
Lange, Dorothea. Dorothea Lange, Photographs of a Lifetime. Essay by Robert Coles. Oakland, Calif.: The Oakland Museum, 1982.

Lange, Dorothea. Dorothea Lange Looks at the American Country Woman. Fort Worth, Texas: Amon Carter Museum, 1967.

Tucker, Ann, ed. The Woman's Eye. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1973.


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