Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936, 1936 - Dorothea Lange

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About Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936

Migrant Mother, a timeless image of hardship and courage and Dorothea Lange's most iconic image, was made under the auspices of the Farm Security Administration (FSA) initiative during America's Great Depression. While walking through a pea picker's ...Read More
Migrant Mother, a timeless image of hardship and courage and Dorothea Lange's most iconic image, was made under the auspices of the Farm Security Administration (FSA) initiative during America's Great Depression. While walking through a pea picker's camp on the way home from an FSA field trip; Lange noticed this thirty-two year old woman with her seven children. There was no work and they were living on wild birds caught by the children. She could not move on, she told Lange, because she had sold the tires from her car for food. The second photogravure edition of Migrant Mother, printed by Aperture in conjunction with the Dorothea Lange Collection of the Oakland Museum, California, is an excellent addition to any collector's portfolio.

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About the Artist

About Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange is a social realist photographer and photojournalist known for her compelling and poignant studies of sharecroppers, migrant workers, and other marginalized people during ...

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Dorothea Lange is a social realist photographer and photojournalist known for her compelling and poignant studies of sharecroppers, migrant workers, and other marginalized people during the Great Depression. From 1935 to 1939, Lange photographed poor, itinerant farm families under the auspices of the Farm Security Administration. Her documentary photographs, especially the iconic image Migrant Mother, put a human face on the economic realities of the Depression. In 1952, Lange co-founded the photography magazine Aperture with Minor White, Ansel Adams, Barbara Morgan, Nancy Newhall, and Beaumont Newhall. Lange continued her commitment to social realist photography throughout her life, shooting incisive photo essays on subjects including rural Ireland, the forced internment of Japanese-Americans following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Midwestern utopian communities, and the post-war suburban sprawl of California. In 1940, Lange became the first woman to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Her work is in the collections of museums worldwide and she is widely recognized as one of the most significant photographers of her generation. The Dorothea Lange Archive, containing negatives for over 25,000 images and a selection of her personal papers, is maintained by the Oakland Museum of California.

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Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936, 1936

Dorothea Lange

Photograph
Size Price
20.00" x 15.75" $600
Edition of 50

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Description

Hand-pulled dust-grain photogravure

Dimensions

The quoted dimensions are for the paper size. The actual image size is 9.25'' x 12''.

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Dorothea Lange
Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936

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