By Barb Rosenstock
Illustrated by Gerard Du Bois
Junior Library Guild Selection
After a childhood bout of polio left her with a limp, all Dorothea Lange wanted to do was disappear. But this desire not to be seen helped her learn how to blend into the background and observe others instead. With a passion for the artistic life, and in spite of her family’s disapproval, Dorothea pursued her dream to become a photographer and focused her lens on the previously unseen victims of the Great Depression. This poetic biography tells the emotional story of Lange’s evolution as one of the founders of documentary photography. It includes a gallery of Lange’s photographs, and an author’s note, timeline, and bibliography.
“lyrically describes photographer Dorothea Lange’s creative development from a polio-stricken child from Hoboken to the photographer behind some of the nation’s most iconic images.”
“An excellent beginner’s resource for biography, U.S. history, and women’s studies.”
“This biography of celebrated photographer Dorothea Lange (best known for the iconic Migrant Mother) has a clear, consistent message: Lange’s photographs are unique because they depict “people the world ignores” with both truth and love, allowing viewers to see the world with their eyes and hearts….A solid introduction to one of America’s most celebrated photographers.”
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