Robert J. Doherty
ROBERT J. DOHERTY "DOROTHEA LANGE" 1934
Dorothea Lange was one of the most important American photographers of the 20th century, popularly known as a photographer of the American Depression.
Taken in 1936, her most famous photo, “Migrant Mother, Nipomo California” portraits a migrant farmer with her children in California. This photo has become an icon of the American Depression.
Early iconic photos of Lange’s, which depict the plight of agricultural workers in the depression era, were also unique as they were commissioned by a government agency to inform governmental policy, illustrating the importance of Lange’s body of work in culture and also American history.
Lange’s images display characteristic modernist techniques, where angled framing and dynamic compositions place her in line with European modernist photographers contemporary to her time.
Lange continued taking photos throughout the war and the later years, retaining her position as an imitable photojournalist, contributing to publications such as "Life", and "Fortune".
In this image, we see Lange atop a car, cradling her camera. The pictured camera, the Graflex Super D, was likely the one with which she shot her most famous work, "Migrant Mother".
Caviar20 is excited to present this photo of Lange at a cornerstone of her career, shot by Lange’s friend, Robert J. Doherty. Doherty would later write the introduction to Lange’s publication of photos in “Farm Security Administration Photographs, 1935-1939.”
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Silver gelatin print
From the negative by Dorothea Lange
9.75"H 7.75"W (sheet)
Additional images available upon request.
Provenance: The Oakland Musuem (California)
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