Monday, March 8, 2010

Dorothea Lange

Today we feature a picture of photographer Dorothea Lange. The picture was taken in 1936. Dorothea was one of the Resettlement Administration photographers who went across the country in the 1930's photographing the effects of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Dorothea is best remembered for her photograph of the Migrant Mother, which has become a defining icon of the Great Depression.

6 comments:

  1. If anyone is interested, Dorothea is holding a Graflex RB Series D in what looks like a 4x5 model.

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  2. I love this shot. Lange was always one of my photographic heroines. And you gotta' love the woody she driving.

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  3. I love this shot, too. What a great picture!!!

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  4. From George Eastman House site:

    RB Graflex Series D (4 x 5)

    OBJECT TYPE: Camera
    MANUFACTURER: Folmer Graflex Corp.
    NATIONALITY: American
    PLACE MANUFACTURED: US, NY, Rochester
    INTRODUCTION DATE: 1928
    PRODUCTION DATES: 1928-1945
    FILM TYPE: sheet, etc
    IMAGE SIZE: 4 x 5in.
    ORIGINAL LIST PRICE: $150 w/ 7½"KA lens
    APPROXIMATE MANUFACTURED QUANTITY: 5500
    SERIAL NUMBER RANGE: 159489 - 351881
    FUNCTIONAL TYPE: reflex
    STANDARD LENSES/SHUTTERS: 7½"f/4.5 lenses, Kodak, Schneider, Zeiss
    INTERCHANGEABLE LENS: Yes INTEGRATED SHUTTER: Yes

    What cost $150 in 1936 would cost $2297.36 in 2009.

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  5. We all are very fortunate that the photographers of this era took such wonderful pictures. To view the hardships and strength of character of these hardship challenged Americans is a valuable lesson to all.

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  6. i can only imagine the stories with her pix, it would be a fun project to do even now, didja notice her shoes? a running shoe prototype maybe?
    oldbear

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