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Dorothea Lange: A Visual Life 
 
  
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Paperback 
176 pages 
Smithsonian Institution Press 
Published 1994 
  
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A general introduction to the life and work of photojournalist Lange that draws on family remembrances, scholarly evaluations, and a handsome picture portfolio. Six essays, one interview, and a healthy black-and-white picture section make up this composite introduction to Lange (18951965), best known for her US Farm Security Administration images of Depression-era migrant workers. Editor Partridge grew up in Lange's loosely knit family fold (her father worked as an assistant), and her warm introduction details the tension between Lange's motherly impulses and her irascible nature. In a 1976 interview, Ansel Adams comments on shared technical hardships, Lange's marriage to activist Paul Taylor, and her ``absolute sexless beauty.'' Roger Daniels (History/Univ. of Chicago) looks at Lange's work documenting Japanese Americans interned by the War Relocation Authority during WW II. And an incisive essay by Sally Stein (Art History/Univ. of California, Irvine) discusses Lange's fascination with bodily depictions (she had been crippled by childhood polio and was dogged by lifelong physical infirmities). Most telling, though, are the photographs themselves. One from 1937, taken at a sharecropper's cabin in Coahoma County, Miss., shows only a black woman's bare feet in the foreground, poised elegantly one atop the other on the dusty and worn boards of a front porch. Another, from 1938, records campaign posters taped to a Waco, Tex., gas station window. The sternly optimistic faces of the candidates surround painted sign lettering that reads: ``Washing/Greasing/Storage.'' Both images are blunt and literal, relying on secondary association for political or allegorical impact. Later photographs draw from Lange's extensive world travels. In all, this is a limited and general introduction to Lange's life and work. It piques curiosity but leaves a lot of rich material unexamined. Still, this compendium is respectfully assembled and nicely documented. (Partridge has produced a companion film to accompany the book.) -- Copyright 1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.  
  
 
  
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This chronicle of the life and work of Dorothea Lange (1895-1965) richly portrays one of America's most celebrated photographers. The woman behind the camera is revealed in excerpts from her letters, journal entries, in the words of seven essayists who together develop a full vision of Lange as artist, woman, mother, and activist, and in more than 80 photos.
 
  
 
  

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Dorothea Lange: The Heart and Mind of a Photographer 
  
Pierre Borhan
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Keith Davis
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Mark Durden
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Documenting America, 1935-1943 (Approaches to American Culture, No 2) 
  
Carl Fleischhauer (Editor); Beverly W. Brannan (Editor); & Lawrence W. Levine (Editor)
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American Photographers of the Depression: Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange and the FSA Photographers (Photofile) 
  
Charles Hagen
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Dorothea Lange: American Photographs 
  
Therese Thau Heyman (Contributor); Sandra S. Phillips; & John Szarkowski (Contributor)
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Dorothea Lange: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum 
  
Judith Keller
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Dorothea Lange: Photographs of a Lifetime 
  
Dorothea Lange; & Robert Coles
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Dorothea Lange: Photographs of a Lifetime 
  
Dorothea Lange; Robert Coles (Introduction); & Therese Heyman (Photographer)
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Impounded: Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of Japanese American Internment 
  
Dorothea Lange; Linda Gordon (Editor); & Gary Y. Okihiro (Editor)
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An American Exodus: A Record of Human Erosion 
  
Dorothea Lange; Paul S. Taylor; & Paul Taylor
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Photographing the 2nd Gold Rush: Dorothea Lange and the East Bay at War 1941-1945 
  
Dorothea Lange; & Charles Wollenberg (Introduction)
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Dorothea Lange: A Photographer's Life 
  
Milton Meltzer; & Dorothea Lange (Photographer)
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Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange 
  
Elizabeth Partridge; & Dorothea Lange
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Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange 
  
Elizabeth Partridge; & Dorothea Lange
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Dorothea Lange: A Visual Life 
  
Elizabeth Partridge (Editor)
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Elusive Truth: Four Photographers at Manzanar 
  
Gerald H. Robinson
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In Real Life: Six Women Photographers 
  
Leslie Sills; Alvarez Bravo (Photographer); Cindy Sherman (Photographer); & Carrie Mae Weems
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In Real Life: Six Women Photographers 
  
Leslie Sills; Imogen Cunningham (Photographer); Dorothea Lange (Photographer); Carrie Mae Weems (Photographer); & Elsa Dorfman (Photographer)
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Daring to Look: Dorothea Lange's Photographs and Reports from the Field 
  
Anne Whiston Spirn (Author)
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Dorothea Lange (Portraits of Women Artists for Children) 
  
Robyn Montana Turner
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Mike Venezia (Illustrator)
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