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Dorothea Lange

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55 is a new series of beautifully produced pocket-sized books that acknowledge and celebrate all styles and aspects of photography.

Dorothea Lange was working for the FSA in California at the same time as Walker Evans was photographing in the South. Her work from this time produced one of the iconic images of the twentieth century -- Migrant Mother, also known as Migrant Ma

Hardcover, 128 pages
Published September 26th 2006 by Phaidon Press (first published 2001)
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I always loved that famous photo of Lange's, Migrant Mother. And I love the artist Maynard Dixon. I didn't realize that the two artists were married. According to the book, he expressed envy at how well Lange captured the essence of the Forgotten Man. He then turned to capturing the same subject in his painting, but her photographs seem to be the more familiar of the images. Many of her most famous pictures are from the Depression era, but this book also contains some of her pictures of the Japa ...more
The pics were good, and it was interesting to read Lange's comments (whenever they were included). As usual though with this stuff, you should avoid at all costs the rest of the text, which was a lot of artsy, sentimental (not to mention hypocritical) hooey about "dignity" and suchlike crap. At any rate, there's something about all this that kinda rubs me the wrong way; I mean, if Lange really had "identified" with her subjects all that much, I've got the feeling that she would've tossed her cam ...more
most people are only familiar with one of her photographs-- The Migrant Mother. the rest are similar, boring and from the depression era mostly. this book contains very few images. the MoMA contains almost all of the same exact images. the quality of her work came more from the documentary style contribution to American history, than from an artistic perspective, i believe. all the images in this book are accompanied by half a page of explanatory information on the subject, location, circumstanc ...more
Cliff Watt
I got this book after reading Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath as Lange famously documented the migrant workers during the 30s.

The photographs are well printed but at less than A5 size, the book is far too small to do the images justice. I should have gone straight for An American Exodus.
Classic iconic photos and biographic overview of an 20th century American photographer.
Elisha Neethling
Wonderful and powerful images.
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