Thursday, June 30, 2011

Dorothea Lange

Great Photographer's week continues here at OPOD. To be honest with you, I was not sure whether to include the apostrophe on "photographer's" in the first sentence. Lets hope it passes muster. Anyway, we feature a picture today of Dorothea Lange. She is most famous for the "Migrant Mother" picture from the great depression. She was one of the photographers hired by the government to document the Great Depression.


  1. Great woody with the suicide doors!
    A nice shot.


  2. Although I was only a small boy, I remember the Depression like it was yesterday.
    Our family was lucky, since my old man was working in the coal mines we had a steady paycheck but it wasn't very much. And sometimes on payday Pops would spend some of it at the local beer garden but Mom always managed to whip up some eats for us all.
    I think the Depression did a lot of us who went through it a favor. You know why? It toughened us up!
    My old man struggled his whole life to support his family and a lot of that work ethic rubbed off on me!! Not like the lazy youngsters today who want everything handed to them all at once. In this life you have to earn what you enjoy. Something these young turks ought to realize, but they never will.
    One more thing: one of the reasons we won WW 2 is the strong character of the US Soldiers who developed it through suffering the Great Depression. Think about it.
    You keep posting the photos, young man,Ill keep lookin at em.

  3. Great picture. This woman, Dorothea Lange is my daughters hero! As a High School student she has emersed herself in the study of photography and she can't get enough of Ms. Lange's photos. More than just pictures, it's art.

  4. I just noticed one more thing in this picture, if I may. It really speaks to Dorothea Lange's spirit. Most folks would just stand next to the car and have their picture taken, not her, she climbs right up there on the roof.

  5. Dave, for me, it's not the sitting on the roof, it's the Goodrich Sport Shoes she's wearing.

  6. I favored PF Flyers. Made in the USA. Wore them until they were rags. I too was lucky. We were in the oil fields and work was fairly study.

  7. Nate, Thats amazing, how did you do that? After you mentioned Goodrich Sport Shoes I searched it and the same exact shoes came up that Ms. Lange is wearing. They look very durable. Anon. mentioned being a PF Flyers fan, I was a Keds Kid. How about a theme week of old sneakers? Ha Ha Ha.

  8. I really think the Mean Old Man needs to stop picking on today's kids. The reason these youngsters (and frankly I haven't met many who fit his description) think they are owed the world is that their parents have instilled that idea in them. Maybe, after years of fighting for everything they got - from the Depression to WWII - some folks thought their youngsters needed a break.

  9. My thought was she was on the roof to take a picture as she ih holding a camera on her lap. Alot steadyier without the use of tripod and higher then a tripod for distance..

  10. Wish I could find a woody in that good condition today. What a blast it would be to restore it to new condition. It would take quite a woodworker to replace the damaged or rotted wood panels and the roof which was canvas stretched over a wooden frame.

    Best of all is the solid old flat head V8 under the hood.

    The spiffy shoes look good, too.

  11. Since I presume you are talking about the plural, i.e. the she is one of several photographers, then it should be ... Great Photographers' Week, i.e. the Week of Great Photographers.

  12. Cool topic. Dorothea Lange's work not only introduced me to the Great Depression, it also influenced my love of historical photographs. I would put her down as an influence on my love of history.

    The most influential person as far as my choice to take up photography would be Margaret Bourke-White. I think it was a shot of nuclear facilities in one of my English books that caught my attention. She seemed to love the shape. I still can't explain it, but she didn't just capture the architecture, she turned it into art. I wanted to be like that when I grew up.


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