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Migrant Mother, Nipomo, Cal.
Gelatin silver print
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division
Stryker called Migrant Mother: "the picture of Farm Security. . . . She has all the suffering of mankind in her but all the perseverance too. A restraint and a strange courage. You can see anything you want to in her. She is immortal." The success of this image overshadowed Lange's other accomplishments, especially her humanizing of compositional formalism in a documentary style that was used in other projects with Paul Taylor such as An American Exodus: A Road of Human Erosion (1939).
Roy Emerson Stryker and Nancy Wood, In This Proud Land: America 1935-1943 as Seen in the FSA Photographs (Greenwich, CT: New York Graphic Society, 1973), 73.