Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange

A Life Beyond Limits

Book - 2009
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We all know Dorothea Lange's iconic photos--the Migrant Mother holding her child, the shoeless children of the Dust Bowl--but now renowned American historian Linda Gordon brings them to three-dimensional life in this groundbreaking exploration of Lange's transformation into a documentarist. Using Lange's life to anchor a moving social history of twentieth-century America, Gordon masterfully re-creates bohemian San Francisco, the Depression, and the Japanese-American internment camps. Accompanied by more than one hundred images--many of them previously unseen and some formerly suppressed--Gordon has written a sparkling, fast-moving story that testifies to her status as one of the most gifted historians of our time. Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; a New York Times Notable Book; New Yorker's A Year's Reading; and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book.
Publisher: London ; New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393339055
9780393057300
0393057305
Branch Call Number: 779.092 L274g 2009
Characteristics: xxiii, 536 p., [40] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm

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mikelindq Dec 04, 2013

The accompanying descriptions are right on the money --- it's thoroughly researched and very well written. I would only add that it is as much a work of early-to-mid-20th-century American socio-economic and cultural history as it is a biography of a determined, demanding, and flawed human being who overcame many obstacles to accomplish much as a photographer, documentarian, and artist. She contributed enormously to the full telling of our national narrative.

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