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Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange (1895-1965) was an American documentary photographer known for her Depression-era pictures, including Migrant Mother (1936). Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, she studied photography at Columbia University in New York and later settled in San Francisco.  In the early 1930s, the artist began photographing unemployed and homeless people during the Great Depression. Later, the Farm Security Administration hired her to document the effects of the Depression on sharecroppers and other farm workers. After being awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1941, she focused on the forced evacuation of Japanese Americans to relocation camps. Her works are in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., among others.


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