Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange
Dorothea Lange chose to be an "artist" during a time when family was supposed to come first for a woman. Her passion was photographing people. During her career, Dorothea Lange captured some of the most desperate and beautiful faces America has seen in photographs. She did her most celebrated work in the 1930s and 40s during the depression years and the second World War. Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange includes over sixty of Lange's extraordinary photographs printed in high quality duotones, and chronicles Lange's life from her childhood on the Lower East Side of New York, through her early years as a portrait photographer in San Francisco, to her famous work for the government photographing starving migrant workers in California. Also included are her heart-breaking photographs of Japanese Americans interned on the West Coast during World War II.Author Elizabeth Partridge has woven Lange's own words into her book, creating not just another biography, but an intimate portrait of the artist who put faces on some of the darkest episodes in America's history. Restless Spirit presents a magnificent showcase of work that will not soon be forgotten.
Jane Addams Honor Book
SCBWI Golden Kite, Nonfiction Honor ALA Best Books for Young Adults ALA Notable Book
Booklist Editor’s Choice
Bay Area Book Reviewers Award
New York Times, August, 1999
"The book is a model of scholarship and narrative history, the text offers intimate glimpses of a socially responsible and creative American life."
School Library Journal, Fall 1998, Starred review
"Lange's story resonates with issues of gender, social policies, artistic merit and human interest. This well-constructed, sympathetic biography deserves many readers and is a must for every library."
Booklist, Fall 1998, Starred review
"The beautiful, spacious design of this photo-essay, with thick quality paper, clear type, and brief quotes from Lange at the head of each chapter, invites you to come back and look at her work.
As well as the authentic sense of Lange's work and her times, her biographer draws on letters, journals and oral history to give a strong sense of Lange's personal struggles as a child, a wife, and a mother; her lasting pain at her father's desertion; her shame about her disability after a childhood bout with polio; and her awareness as an adult that vulnerability helped her in her work. This fine photo-essay will interest adults as much as teens."
Kirkus, Fall 1998
"Partridge's conversational tone and intimate
details of the Lange household will draw readers in... She also makes vivid Lange's lasting contributions."