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Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, Dorothea Lange (1895-1965) announced her intention to become a photographer at age 18. After apprenticing with a photographer in New York City, she moved to San Francisco and in 1919 established her own studio. During the 1920s and early 1930s, Lange worked as a portrait photographer, usually for San Francisco's upper classes.

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White Angel Breadline

"White Angel Breadline"
By Dorothea Lange, San Francisco, California, 1933

National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Social Security Administration
Copyright the Dorothea Lange Collection, Oakland Museum of California, City of Oakland, Gift of Paul S. Taylor.

(47-GA-90-497) [VENDOR # 81]

Young migratory mother, originally from Texas

"Young migratory mother, originally from Texas. On the day before the photograph was made she and her husband traveled 35 miles each way to pick peas. They worked 5 hours each and together earned $2.25. They have two young children . . . Live in auto camp."

By Dorothea Lange, Edison, Kern County California, April 11, 1940

National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Bureau of Agricultural Economics
(83-G-41536) [VENDOR # 82]

Between Weedpatch and Lamont, Kern County, California. Children living in camp

"Between Weedpatch and Lamont, Kern County, California. Children living in camp"
By Dorothea Lange, April 20, 1940

National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Bureau of Agricultural Economics
(83-G-41456) [VENDOR # 83]

Cheap Auto Camp Housing for Citrus Workers

"Cheap Auto Camp Housing for Citrus Workers"
By Dorothea Lange, Tulare County, California, February 1940

National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Bureau of Agricultural Economics
(83-G-41555) [VENDOR # 85]

Members of the Mochida family awaiting evacuation bus.

"Members of the Mochida family awaiting evacuation bus. Identification tags were used to aid in keeping a family unit intact during all phases of evacuation. Mochida operated a nursery and five greenhouses on a two-acre site in Eden Township." In 1942 Executive Order 9066 ordered the removal of 110,000 civilians of Japanese descent, including 71,000 American citizens, from the western United States, placing them in internment camps.

By Dorothea Lange, Hayward, California, May 8, 1942

National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the War Relocation Authority
(210-GC-153) [VENDOR # 84]

A crowd of onlookers on the first day of evacuation from the Japanese quarter in San Francisco

"A crowd of onlookers on the first day of evacuation from the Japanese quarter in San Francisco, who themselves will be evacuated within three days."
By Dorothea Lange, San Francisco, California, April 1942

National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the War Relocation Authority
(210-GC-426) [VENDOR # 175]
 
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Walter Lubken | Lewis Hine | George W. Ackerman
Dorothea Lange | Charles Fenno Jacobs
Danny Lyon | Ansel Adams

 

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