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Dorothea Lange A Life Beyond Limits (Paperback)

Author:  Linda Gordon
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 039333905X
ISBN-13: 9780393339055
Sku: 215184982
Publish Date: 10/11/2010
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.5L x 1.25T
Pages:  536
Charts the photographers life from her struggles with polio to her rise as a chronicler of the Great Depression and World War II, exploring her growing radicalization while showcasing rare and previously suppressed images. *Author: Gordon, Linda *Subtitle: A Life Beyond Limits *Publication Date: 2010/10/11 *Number of Pages: 536 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 6.50 *Height: 9.50
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We all know Dorothea Lange's iconic photos—the Migrant Mother holding her child, the shoeless children of the Dust Bowl—but now renowned American historian Linda Gordon brings them to three-dimensional life in this groundbreaking exploration of Lange's transformation into a documentarist. Using Lange's life to anchor a moving social history of twentieth-century America, Gordon masterfully re-creates bohemian San Francisco, the Depression, and the Japanese-American internment camps. Accompanied by more than one hundred images—many of them previously unseen and some formerly suppressed—Gordon has written a sparkling, fast-moving story that testifies to her status as one of the most gifted historians of our time. Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; a New York Times Notable Book; New Yorker's A Year's Reading; and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book.
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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