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Dorothea Lange, Documentary Photography, and Twentieth-Century America Reinventing Self and Nation

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Lingua: Inglese


Pubblicazione: 03/2019
Edizione: 1° edizione

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Dorothea Lange, Documentary Photography, andTwentieth-Century America charts the life of Dorothea Lange (1895–1965), whose life was radically altered by the Depression, and whose photography helped transform the nation. The book begins with her childhood in immigrant, metropolitan New York, shifting to her young adulthood as a New Woman who apprenticed herself to Manhattan’s top photographers, then established a career as portraitist to San Francisco’s elite. When the Great Depression shook America’s economy, Lange was profoundly affected. Leaving her studio, Lange confronted citizens’ anguish with her camera, documenting their economic and social plight. This move propelled her to international renown. This biography synthesizes recent New Deal scholarship and photographic history and probes the unique regional histories of the Pacific West, the Plains, and the South. Lange’s life illuminates critical transformations in the U.S., specifically women’s evolving social roles and the state’s growing capacity to support vulnerable citizens. The author utilizes the concept of "care work," the devalued nurturing of others, often considered women’s work, to analyze Lange’s photography and reassert its power to provoke social change. Lange’s portrayal of the Depression’s ravages is enmeshed in a deeply political project still debated today, of the nature of governmental responsibility toward citizens’ basic needs. Students and the general reader will find this a powerful and insightful introduction to Dorothea Lange, her work, and legacy. Dorothea Lange, Documentary Photography, and Twentieth-Century America makes a compelling case for the continuing political and social significance of Lange’s work, as sherecorded persistent injustices such as poverty, labor exploitation, racism, and environmental degradation.


List of figures, Series Editor Introduction, Acknowledgements, Introduction, Chapter One: Dorothea Lange and Turn-of-the-Century America, 1895-1912 Chapter Two: "I Knew It Was Dangerous to Have Something to Fall Back On": Finding the New Woman, Finding Herself, 1912-1918 Chapter Three: Love and Work: Tangled Negotiations, 1918-1929 Chapter Four: "To Grab A Hunk of Lightning:" A Radical Change of Focus, 1929-1934 Chapter Five: "Words Would Not Be Enough," 1934-1935 Chapter Six: "These Things Are a Pressin’ on Us:" Dorothea Lange as Government Photographer, 1935-1936Chapter Seven: "The Sorriest Place in this Country:" Dorothea Lange and Southern Struggles, 1935-1939 Chapter Eight: "Moving About People" and the Great Plains, 1935-1940 Chapter Nine: "In the Ditches at the End of Beauty": California in the Depression, 1935-1940Chapter Ten: "Woman Can Change Better’n a Man:" Women in the Great Depression, 1929-1940Chapter Eleven: "This is What We Did, How Did it Happen, How Could We?" Democracy Under Assault, 1940-1945Conclusion: "The Last Ditch:" Dorothea Lange and the Persistence of Vision, 1945-1965 Primary Documents: Reading Photography in the Archives, Study Questions, Bibliography, Index


Carol Quirke is a professor of American Studies at the State University of New York,Old Westbury, USA. She teaches women’s history, U.S. history, and visual culture. Her previous book Eyes on Labor: News Photography and America’s Working Class (2012) examines the political stakes of news photography for organized labor in America’s midcentury. Her essays appear in American Quarterly, Radical History Review, History Today, and Reviews in American History.

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Condizione: Nuovo
Collana: Lives of American Women
Dimensioni: 9 x 6 in
Formato: Brossura
Illustration Notes:71 halftones and 2 line drawings
Pagine Arabe: 212
Pagine Romane: xviii

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