This book chronicles of the life and work of Dorothea Lange, one of America's most important photographers.
The woman behind the camera is revealed in seven essays which show Lange as an artist, woman, mother, and activist. More than 80 duotone photos accompanied by Lange's own words form the heart of this book.
Smithsonian Institution Press
176 pages, adult
Softback ISBN-10: 1560983507
Hardback ISBN-13: 978-1560983507
New York Times 1995
Dorothea Lange: A Visual Life includes scholarly essays and personal remembrances about Lange (1895-1965) -- the feminist heroine, the wife, lover and mother, the photographer of Japanese internment camps. There is also an interview with Ansel Adams, with whom Lange worked. The most fascinating texts in the book are Lange's and that of her oldest son, Daniel Dixon. He writes that this mother never described herself as an artist, but as a "witness and observer." Lange was an artist, and many of the photographs included here bear witness to that fact.
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