Dorothea Lange

“That frame of mind that you need to make fine pictures of a very wonderful subject, you cannot do it by not being lost yourself.”

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.”

“To know ahead of time what you’re looking for means you’re then only photographing your own preconceptions, which is very limiting, and often false.”

“One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you’d be stricken blind.”

Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange Photographs:


Migrant Mother (1936)


Dorothea Lange photograph of a Japanese family in Hayward, Calif., awaiting an evacuation bus on way to internment camp, 1942
(from the book “Impounded”)


Great Depression Food Line

Dorothea Lange in her Bay Area home studio, 1964. Photo: ©1964, 2014 Rondal Partridge Archives

Dorothea Lange in her Bay Area home studio, 1964.
Photo: ©1964, 2014
Rondal Partridge Archives

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