Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning by Elizabeth Partridge

By Elizabeth Partridge

This gorgeous quantity celebrates one of many 20th century's most vital photographers, Dorothea Lange. Led off by way of an authoritative biographical essay through Elizabeth Partridge (Lange's goddaughter), the booklet is going directly to exhibit Lange's paintings in over 100 excellent plates. Dorothea Lange is the single career-spanning monograph of this significant photographer's oeuvre in print, and lines photographs starting from her iconic Depression-era picture "Migrant mom" to lesser-known photographs from her international travels later in lifestyles. awarded because the better half booklet to a PBS American Masters episode that might air in 2014, this deluxe hardcover bargains an intimate and remarkable view into the lifestyles and paintings of 1 of our such a lot loved documentary photographers.

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She rented part of a beautiful building on Sutter Street and opened her portrait studio. In the large drawing room on the main floor she installed velvet drapes on the windows and an enormous, elegant couch in front of the fireplace. In the basement she set up a darkroom. Her studio flourished. Dorothea hired a helper who cleaned up, retouched her photographs, and assisted her in the darkroom. Every afternoon her helper lit a fire of coals under an ornate Russian samovar filled with strong black tea.

Unable to live with her alcoholic mother or get along with her new stepmother, Consie was soon boarded out to live with other families, a fairly common practice at the time. Maynard divided his time between studio work and long trips to the Southwest, where he would disappear for months at a time to paint. He comfortably switched between the two identities. ”27 In 1923 Dorothea temporarily shuttered her business to go with Maynard on a trip to a trading post in Arizona and then onto the Navaho reservation.

Katharine decided for the first year to leave her children with Paul and Dorothea, and headed to New York alone. Dorothea now had a querulous group of two children and three stepchildren to manage: Paul’s thirteen-year-old daughter, Katherine; ten-year-old son, Ross; and six-year-old daughter Margot, as well as her own two sons, now ten and seven. Paul and Dorothea moved into a small two-bedroom house in Berkeley and boarded the children out with several other families for the first year. When they weren’t on the road, they gathered the children together for the weekend, often heading to Chinatown for dinner in a restaurant at one of the big, round, family-style tables.

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