Dorothea Lange was a documentary photographer whose Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration greatly influenced later documentary and journalistic photography. Born in 1895 in Hoboken, New Jersey, she attended Columbia University where she studied photography from a class taught by Clarence White. In 1918, Lange came to San Francisco where she established her own portrait studio. At the beginning of the Great Depression, she turned to the streets and documented poverty and exploitation of farmers and migrant workers across the country. After Pearl Harbor, Lange covered the forced evacuation of Japanese Americans on assignment for the War Relocation Authority. In this interview, she discusses her travels to the Southwest, working with other photographers, the Depression and new photographic directions, marriage to Maynard Dixon then subsequently to economist Paul Taylor, work for the Resettlement Administration and Office of War Information, and her exhibitions. This interview is part of a group of interviews documenting photographers of the twentieth century.




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