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Dorothea Lange: Who, What, When, Where, Why, How?

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    Dorothea Lange: Photographer of the People

    In 1933, Dorothea Lange, a young, successful portrait photographer, picked up her camera and left her studio, located on Union Street in San Francisco. Compelled by the visible human anguish of the Great Depression, she traveled through the streets to a food distribution area --- a bread line --- that had been recently set up by White Angel, a wealthy woman living in San Francisco.

    That day Dorothea Lange took several photographs. But the most telling was the one of an "unshaven, hunched-up little man, leaning on a railing with a tin can between his arms, his hands clenched, the line of his mouth bitter, his back turned to those others waiting for a handout." Lange tacked the developed image of this man on the wall of her studio, naming it "White Angel Bread Line." Next to that image, she put a quotation from the English philosopher, Francis Bacon:

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    Born May 26th 1895 Hoboken, New Jersey

    Died October 11th 1965 (aged 70) San Francisco, California

    Dorothea Lange was an influential American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA). Lange's photographs humanised the tragic consequences of the Great Depression and profoundly influenced the development of documentary photography.

    She was born Dorothea Nutzhorn, but when she was 12 years old, her father abandoned her and her mother, leading her to drop her middle and last names and adopt her mother's maiden name. She had polio at the age of 7 and this left her with a weakened right leg, and a permanent limp.

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