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101 Quick and Easy Ideas Taken from the Master Photographers of the Twentieth Century by Matthew Bamberg

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Chapter 18. Dorothea Lange (1895–1965)

No photographer has presented a look at America during a specific era like Dorothea Lange did during the Great Depression. Her work made people aware of the suffering that was occurring in the rural areas of America.

Lange opened a portrait studio in San Francisco in 1918. She moved her work to the street when she discovered the number of people who were becoming homeless and out of work in San Francisco. In 1935, she joined the FSA to photograph the suffering that was occurring as a result of the Depression. In 1939, she published a book of her photographs titled American Exodus: A Record of Human Erosion. She also documented the Japanese internment during World War II. In the 1950s, she did assignments for ...

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