Jan 12, 2007

San Francisco Waterfront, the General Strike

San Francisco Waterfront, the General Strike


Dorothea Lange

(American, 1895–1965)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 23.1 x 12.1 cm (9 1/8 x 4 3/4 in.); Paper: 23.5 x 12.5 cm (9 1/4 x 4 15/16 in.); Matted: 45.7 x 35.6 cm (18 x 14 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1989.60



Lange operated a successful portrait studio in San Francisco that catered to the city’s elite. Jolted from her comfort by the evidence of massive unemployment, hunger, and homelessness that she saw through her studio window, she began photographing bread lines, labor demonstrations, and strikes—the impact of the Great Depression.

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