Friday, April 20, 2012

Dorothea Lange - Migrants

Dorothea Lange was perhaps the most famous of the photographers documenting conditions during the Great Depression. She produced some of the most iconic images of poverty in American history. Some of those are among this set.

 Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children, age thirty-two, Nipomo, California, 1936

This is the best-known image to come out of the Great Depression. Sometimes it is given the title "Migrant Mother." (The link tells who this person is and some of her story.) The following picture is another one of her.

 Migrant agricultural worker's family. Seven hungry children. Mother aged thirty-two. Father is a native Californian. Destitute in pea picker's camp, Nipomo, California, 1936

 Once a Missouri farmer, now a migratory farm laborer on the Pacific Coast. California, 1936

 Mother and baby of family on the road. Tulelake, Siskiyou County, California, 1939

 Calipatria, Imperial Valley, in FSA emergency migratory labor camp, 1939

 Daughter of migrant Tennessee coal miner. Living in American River camp near Sacramento, California, 1936

The final three pictures in this set are all of the same family. Eleven did they survive?

 Family in FSA migratory labor camp, Brawley, Imperial Valley, 1939

 Family originally from Mangrum, Oklahoma in FSA migratory labor camp, Brawley, Imperial Valley, 1939

FSA migrant labor camp during pea harvest. Family from Oklahoma with eleven children, 1939

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