The Labyrinthine

May 22, 2010

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Migratory Cotton Picker, Eloy, Arizona. Dorothea Lange (American, 1895-1965)

“Dorothea Lange is most widely known for a single photograph, Migrant Mother. That portrait of a troubled farmer surrounded by her three children is an iconic image that represents the tragedy of the Great Depression. She made the picture while working for President Roosevelt’s Resettlement Administration (later the Farm Security Administration). Lange was the first of eleven photographers to join the RA, a New Deal agency whose purpose was to document the plight of the rural poor and the government’s efforts to assist needy farmers.
Lange was drawn to hands and feet as subjects that were both specific to an individual and representative of larger themes of human suffering and endurance

I found this while roaming through the MET yesterday, and I think I  found it particularly because of the hands.


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