December 1, 2020

Today in History: Dorothea Lange

Lange photographing Japanese-American evacuees
Today in History–October 11–the Library of Congress features photographer Dorothea Lange, who died on this day in 1965. Best known for her “Migrant Mother” photo, Lange began her career as a studio photographer. During the Depression she took her camera to the street, photographing the homeless. These images led to her employment with the federal Resettlement Administration (RA), and its successor agency, the Farm Security Administration (FSA).  Learn more about this Lange by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more resources and information related to this influential documentary photographer.

Dorothea Lange image set

Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother” photographs

Exploring Contexts: Migrant Mother

Dorothea Lange resettlement images

Dorothea Lange War Relocation Authority images

Migrant Workers: Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange photo captions

Dorothea Lange’s captions for FSA/OWI LOTs 344-345

Dorothea Lange’s holographic captions for photos in LOTs 344-345

Photographs of Dorothea Lange’s 1966 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City

Dorothea Lange: World War II Women Come to the Front online exhibition

Dorothea Lange stories from America’s Library

Learning from the Source: Zooming into Documentary Photography lesson plan

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