Images and words from the life and work of photographer Dorothea Lange.
"I saw and approached the hungry and desperate mother, as if drawn by a magnet. I do not remember how I explained my presence or my camera to her, but I do remember she asked me no questions. I made five exposures, working closer and closer from the same direction. I did not ask her name or her history. She told me her age, that she was thirty-two. She said that they had been living on frozen vegetables from the surrounding fields, and birds that the children killed. She had just sold the tires from her car to buy food. There she sat in that lean-to tent with her children huddled around her, and seemed to know that my pictures might help her, and so she helped me. There was a sort of equality about it."
- Dorothea Lange, 1960.
August 1939. Marion County, Oregon, near West Stayton. Children in large private bean pickers’ camp. The pickers came from many states, from Oklahoma to North Dakota. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.
Towards Los Angeles