Blogging from A to Z Challenge: L is for…Dorothea Lange (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2020 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Dorothea Lange (1895-1965) was an American photographer, and you’re all going, here’s a name I know!!  Yes, Dorothea Lange – the photographer most famous for her stark photographs from the 1930s – of the Great Depression.  Her documentary photography continued, after the Depression, and “[f]ollowing America’s entrance into World War II, Lange was hired by the Office of War Information (OWI) to photograph the internment of Japanese Americans. In 1945, she was employed again by the OWI, this time to document the San Francisco conference that created the United Nations. ” (

Her work is stunning, and sad, and tells stories of endurance in the face of desperation.  “While Lange sometimes grew frustrated that her work didn’t always provoke society to correct the injustices she documented, her photography has endured and greatly influenced generations of documentary photographers.”  (   and generations of photographers in general.

Here is one of her iconic images, in the public domain.

Migrant Mother

And one of her WWII works

Grandfather and grandson at Manzanar Relocation Center (public domain)

Below are only some very few of the many, many websites and articles about Dorothea Lange – I encourage you to see what else is out there!


Dorothea Lange at Wikipedia

Dorothea Lange at MoMA

Dorothea Lange:  Drawing Beauty Out Of Desolation

Dorothea Lange at

Dorothea Lange at ICP

Thanks for visiting my 2020 A to Z Challenge – Letter L.  You can find links to more blogs participating in this challenge at A to Z 2020 Challenge Master List (Google Docs).

Posted on April 14, 2020, in A to Z Challenge, photography, Photos I took, Writing and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Yes, I do know her! I also read about the taking of her photo Migrant Mother. A lot of work went into capturing that photo. Interesting to me because I thought these were all just lucky shots, but it turned out not to be so. I still think her body of work is wonderful.

  2. I remember the picture of the migrant mother. I never saw the the other one, but it’s equally stark.

  3. She said in photographs what Steinbeck said in books…

  4. Just started following your A to Z and I’m really enjoying the theme.

  5. Definitely an iconic picture. It tells a story.Weekends In Maine

  6. I wanted to ask you for tips on how to find and or check whether pictures are copywrite free as I sometimes want to illustrate blog posts…

    • Well, I use Wikimedia Commons, and look for the rights statement. If it’s Public Domain, easy to use, if there are Creative Commons licences (which none of these photrgraphers have), also easy. You can do advanced Google searches for public domain images as well.

  7. my all time favorite photographer!

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