Dorothea Lange: Pictures and Words

A new show at the Oakland Museum looks at Lange's life and career.

"Through the lens of her camera, Lange documented American life with riveting, intimate photographs that showed the major issues of the times. This spring, view the emotional and political impact of her works in this major exhibition, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of the artist’s gift of her personal archive to the Oakland Museum of California."

A new show opened in May at the Oakland Museum of California chronicling the career of photographer Dorothea Lange. The exhibition, Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeingwill run through August 13. 2017. 

You won't want to miss it. 

Lange's iconic photos have shaped the way we envision our past as Americans and as Californians, from Migrant Mother made for the Farm Security Adminstration during the Great Depression, to the pictures documenting the Japanese-American internment during World War II. 

The library has a healthy collection of books and media to enhance your appreciation of this exhibit. Here are just a few.

If you want to soak in Lange's , we can suggest these.

Photographing the Second Gold Rush: Dorothea Lange and the Second World War, 1941-1945

Dorothea Lange : Farm Security Administration photographs, 1935-1939 : from the Library of Congress

Impounded : Dorothea Lange and the censored images of Japanese American internment

Dorothea Lange : photographs of a lifetime 


For technique and biography, you can read

Daring to look : Dorothea Lange's photographs and reports from the field 

Dorothea Lange : a life beyond limits 

Dorothea Lange : the heart and mind of a photographer 

California on the breadlines : Dorothea Lange, Paul Taylor, and the making of a New Deal narrative 

Or you can watch this 2014 documentary, Grab a Hunk of Lightning and read the companion book of the same name. 


From Lange's East Bay roots

From Lange's East Bay roots to her commitment to documenting injustice in many forms--be it economic, racial, or environmental, the OMCA exhibit does an excellent job of introducing the visitor to the complex and caring person behind the camera.

Thanks for keeping OPL

Thanks for keeping OPL website updated with current events! I plan to see the Lange exhibit before it ends 8/13.

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