Study the Masters: Dorothea Lange
Dorothea Lange (1895-1965) was an American photographer best known for her photojournalism in the Great Depression, and notably known for the image above, Migrant Mother. An early documentary photographer, Lange’s work in the depression was done primarily on behalf of the American Farm Security Administration (FSA). Later covering the forced relocation of Japanese Americans, in post-Pearl Harbour America to internment camps, Lange’s work was unflinching in it’s coverage, so unflinching and critical, in fact, that the images were impounded by the Army.
Lange went on to co-found Aperture magazine. She died in 1965 after long-battled health issues and finally succumbing to cancer.
A simple Google image search will make you immediately familiar with her best-loved work, which I’ve always found gritty and human and a little confrontational in the best possible way. Lange contracted polio when she was a young girl, and always walked with a limp. She came through a lot, and I have as much respect for her tenacity as I do for her photography. There is an excellent biography of Lange’s life here: Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits, by Linda Gordon.
If you want to see more of Lange’s work you might want to check out these: Dorothea Lange, by Mark Durden (Phaidon), and Daring to Look: Dorothea Lange’s Photographs and Reports from the Field, by Anne Whinston Spirn.
See the rest of the Study The Masters series here.
QUEST Vest Giveaway Winners
This is a younger me in my much-loved SCOTTeVEST. So dashing. So multi-pocketed. So pretending to be somewhere exotic. Today we’re giving away three of the new QUEST vests to a few lucky winners. Those lucky winners will get an email from my team and we’ll get your information, and Scott Jordan’s team at SCOTTeVEST […]
Study the Masters: W. Eugene Smith
W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978) was an American photojournalist with an uncanny sense of timing and humanity. Often credited as the father of the photo-essay, Smith began his career making photographs for papers in Wichita, Kansas, before eventually moving on to Newsweek, then Life, which he eventually left over an argument about how they used his […]
A Beautiful Anarchy
Colour outside the lines and make the best art of your life! To my core I believe that our lives can be lived boldly, intentionally, and as our truest work of art. I believe we are all capable of living extraordinary lives; that people like Gandhi, Picasso, or Mother Teresa, were ordinary people who […]
WTF Giveaway Winners
5 years ago this month, Within The Frame was published. This month we’re celebrating with a couple giveaways announced earlier. So we dusted off the Randomizer today and pulled two names from the digital hat. The first is the winner of the beautiful signed, leather-bound, edition of Within The Frame (pictured above). The second is […]