1938, printed c. 1965
Gelatin silver print
Image: 28 x 25.5 cm (11 x 10 1/16 in.); Matted: 61 x 50.8 cm (24 x 20 in.)
Gift of Photography in the Fine Arts 1965.328
Dorothea Lange put a face to the political, economic, and social circumstances of displaced migrant farm workers during the Great Depression. In the late 1930s, while employed by the Farm Security Administration, her photographs were widely published and aided the government agency’s goal of “introducing America to Americans.” Lange’s image of an older woman in a funeral procession invokes not only the end of an individual life but the shaky vitality of the town as a whole. In An American Exodus, Lange collaborated with her husband, Paul Schuster Taylor, a progressive agricultural economist. Their book combined photographs with data and text to raise awareness of their subjects’ plight.
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