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Dorothea Lange

"This is what we did. How did it happen? How could we?"

Dorothea Lange was an American documentary photographer and photojournalist, known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration

During World War II, Dorothea Lange documented the internment of Japanese-Americans in camps and then turned her lens on women and members of minority groups at work side by side in California shipyards

Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. She studied photography at Columbia University and worked at a New York portrait studio until 1918 when she began to travel. Stranded in San Francisco, she continued doing studio work during the 1920’s.

With her husband, the painter Maynard Dixon, she traveled the southwest, photographing Native Americans. She believed that the camera could teach people “how to see without a camera.”

“To live a visual life is an enormous undertaking, practically unattainable…But I have only touched it, just touched it.”

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