The Struggle Between Dorothea Lange's Life And Work

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As the most gifted photographer to ever expose the poverty and suffrage of the Depression Years, Dorothea Lange left the world the same way she had taken on life, “with courage, grace and, perhaps with an anticipation to experience the visual life in a new venue.” (Oliver 7). Born on the 26th of May, 1895, in Hoboken, New Jersey, Lange was the first child of Joan and Henry Nutzhorn. Little did young Dorothea know at the age of six, that her carefree happiness would soon come to an end. In 1902, she contracted a permanent disease, polio, which left her with a heavy limp in her right leg. Her mother was to be the sole-provider for the family when her father, the successful lawyer, left the family in 1907. As if dealing with polio were not enough to handle, Dorothea, her younger brother Martin, and her mother were soon forced to move in with Dorothea’s grandmother. At the age of…show more content…
She lived instinctively, photographed spontaneously, and triggered emotions of many during not only the hardships of America, but everywhere. (Gordon 704). She has captured the feelings of families, children, and elders, and exposed them, showing to the public and the government that they needed help. Lange did not alter, nor pose her subjects, in fact didn’t even use the flash on her camera because it altered her subjects. After Lange passed away, her husband donated her collection of over 25,000 negatives to the Oakland Museum of California, which holds her largest, most comprehensive exhibit in the world. Photography is indeed one of the greatest art forms today, such as Dorothea Lange was one of the greatest photographers in history. “The good photograph is not the object, the consequences of the photograph are the objects. So that no one would say, ‘how did you do it, where did you find it,’ but they would say that such things could be.” (Lange

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