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Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures

Edited with text by Sarah Hermanson Meister. Text by Julie Ault, Kimberly Juanita Brown, River Encalada Bullock, Sam Contis, Jennifer Greenhill, Lauren Kroiz, Sally Mann, Sandra Phillips, Wendy Red Star, Christina Sharpe, Robert Slifkin, Rebecca Solnit, Tess Taylor.

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On the unique synthesis of word and image in Dorothea Lange's boldly political photography, which defined the iconography of WPA and Depression-era America

Toward the end of her life, Dorothea Lange reflected, “All photographs—not only those that are so-called ‘documentary’... can be fortified by words.” Though Lange's career is widely heralded, this connection between words and pictures has received scant attention. A committed social observer, Lange paid sharp attention to the human condition, conveying stories of everyday life through her photographs and the voices they drew in. Published in conjunction with the first major MoMA exhibition of Lange’s in 50 years, Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures brings fresh attention to iconic works from the collection together with lesser-known photographs—from early street photography to projects on the criminal justice system. The work’s complex relationships to words show Lange’s interest in art’s power to deliver public awareness and to connect to intimate narratives in the world.

Presenting Lange’s work in its diverse contexts—photobooks, Depression-era government reports, newspapers, magazines, poems—along with the voices of contemporary artists, writers and thinkers, the book offers a nuanced understanding of Lange’s career, and new means for considering words and pictures today. An introductory essay by curator Sarah Hermanson Meister is followed by sections organized according to “words” from a range of historical contexts: Lange’s landmark photobook An American Exodus, Life and Aperture magazines, an illustrated guide to minimize racism in jury trials, and many more. These contexts are punctuated with original contributions from a distinguished group of contemporary writers, artists and critical thinkers, including Julie Ault, Kimberly Juanita Brown, River Encalada Bullock, Sam Contis, Jennifer Greenhill, Lauren Kroiz, Sally Mann, Sandra Phillips, Wendy Red Star, Christina Sharpe, Rebecca Solnit, Robert Slifkin and Tess Taylor.

Dorothea Lange (1895–1965) operated a successful San Francisco portrait studio in the 1920s before going on to work with the Resettlement Administration (and later the Farm Security Administration) documenting the hardships of the Great Depression and Dust Bowl migration. During World War II, Lange worked for the US government photographing the Japanese American internment camps, and California’s wartime economy. Lange’s photographs were published widely during her lifetime. Lange worked closely with curator John Szarkowski on a retrospective that opened posthumously in 1966 at the Museum of Modern Art.


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PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Artsy

Alexxa Gotthardt

A profoundly sensitive portrait photographer and one of the most influential documentarians of the early and mid–20th century.

Modern Art Notes Podcast

Tyler Green

[Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures] examines the way words — including Lange’s own, which Lange often presented in extended captions, and the words in Lange’s photographs — have guided our understanding of [her] work.

Elle

"Bad as it is, the world is potentially full of good photographs." Dorthea Lange once said. "But to be good the photographs have to be full of the world." Lange's images...invariably were.

New Yorker

Andrea K Scott

[Dorothea Lange's] best-known images are of indelible faces in hardscrabble places...

New York Times

Alice Gregory

[Lange's] legacy combines two fields — art and journalism — whose entirely separate constraints and ethics can still, at their best, change the world.

New York Times

Arthur Lubow

With or without the support of words, Dorothea Lange (1895-1965), created some of the greatest images of the unsung struggles and overlooked realities of American life.

New York Times

Arthur Lubow

One happy consequence of our dismal political moment is a rediscovery of Lange.

Photograph

Vince Aletti

[Lang] saw clearly and concisely, without sentiment or polemics, but her pictures never feel detached or merely repertorial.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/9/2020

Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures opens today at MoMA

Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures opens today at MoMA

"I am trying here to say something about the despised, the defeated, the alienated," Dorothea Lange said in 1966. "About death and disaster. About the wounded, the crippled, the helpless, the rootless, the dislocated. About duress and trouble. About finality. About the last ditch." Her 1955–57 photograph, The Defendant, Alameda County Courthouse, California is reproduced from Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures, published to accompany the exhibition opening today at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The first major MoMA show of the photographer's work in half a century, Words & Pictures presents Lange's most iconic works for the FSA and the United States government alongside early street photography and lesser-known works like this one, exposing the biases and flaws of the American criminal justice system. Crucially, both the exhibition and this beautifully produced volume emphasize Lange's embrace of written language to enhance and explain her often socially complex photographs. continue to blog


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