||Dorothea Lange remains best known for her Depression-era photographs, particularly "Migrant Mother," which became one of the most iconic shots of the 20th century, but biographer Linda Gordon reveals that Lange was far too dynamic to allow her life to be defined by still images. Gordon reports that Lange endured her father's abandonment and a childhood battle with polio to enter the burgeoning field of photography, where she soon started a thriving business taking pictures of San Francisco's elite society. But with the onset of the Great Depression, Lange left her position and her steady paycheck and began travelling across the country, experiencing the impoverished conditions of migrant workers even as she became their most prominent chronicler. As with many artists, Lange's dedication to her work often eclipsed her role as a wife and mother, as her husband(s) and children often had to tolerate long periods of her absence. Gordon's seminal study of this essential artist simultaneously reveals how Lange's life was affected by the social conditions of her time and her courageous struggle to improve those conditions at her own expense. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2009.