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Dorothea Lange A Life Beyond Limits (Hardcover)

Author:  Linda Gordon
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0393057305
ISBN-13: 9780393057300
Sku: 211227235
Publish Date: 10/19/2009
Pages:  536
Dorothea Lange''s photographs define how people remember the Depression generation. Now, acclaimed historian Gordon provides an evocative biography that defines Lange''s creative struggles and enduring legacy.
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Charts the iconic photographer's life from her struggles with polio and family experiences to her early career in San Francisco and rise to a chronicler of the Great Depression and World War II, exploring her growing radicalization while showcasing rare and previously suppressed images.
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.


"[A]n absorbing, exhaustively researched and highly political biography of a transformative figure in the rise of modern photojournalism....Gordon's elegant biography is testament to Lange's gift for challenging her country to open its eyes." - David Oshinsky 10/22/2009

"Gordon's careful and thoughtful biography convinces a reader of Lange's crucial role in the development of documentary photography and at the same time portrays her as a driven and difficult woman trying to balance work, love, and family." - Barbara Fisher 11/08/2009

"Gordon's accounts of Lange's unconventional marriages and of her 'dubious decisions' as a mother are equally perceptive and, ultimately, sympathetic. Gordon shows that in Lange's mind her work and her sacrifices were for the American people..." 11/23/2009

"Implicitly following Lange's example, Gordon makes her biography a lesson on how one human being should approach another, mixing a sensitive selection of details from Lange's life with a rich historical account of the time she lived in." - Elaine Showalter 02/19/2010

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0536
Product attributePublisher:   W. W. Norton & Company
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