Design heroes: Dorothea Lange

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Caroline Morley

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Migrant Mother is one of the most iconic photos of the twentieth century. It has come to symbolise the troubles and trauma faced by farming families in the US during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

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It’s creator, Dorothea Lange, started her career shooting portraits of the well-to-do in a studio in San Fransisco but ended it as a lauded documenter of the social changes of the working classes.

I recently went to an exhibition of her work at the Barbican in London where her work was displayed in beautiful black and white prints. It was an insightful show into both her work and her times.

 

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