Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Artist of the Month: Dorothea Lange


During the Great Depression, Dorothea Lange photographed the unemployed men who wandered the streets. Her photographs of migrant workers were very popular. Lange's most famous photograph is referred to as "Migrant Mother" — although that's not the title Lange gave it.  It's the most enduring image many people have of the Great Depression, during the 1930's and 1940's.  As a portrait photographer, Lange knew pictures of people would have far more of an emotional impact than photographs showing land or a dust storm.  Lange’s first showcase of her photographs, held in 1934, established her reputation as a skilled documentary photographer.  In 1940, she received the Guggenheim Fellowship.


Dorothea Lange is our famous artist of the month.  Students in all grades will be learning about this American photographer.  5th Art Club members will be showcasing their black and white photographs inspired by this artist in the PS4 lobby.  Click here for more information.

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