Helping to shape an understanding of the interwar years in the US, Dorothea Lange’s (b. 1895) poignant images of urban situations are known for visualising the impact of the Great Depression.
Taking an anthropological approach, the American photographer interacted with her subjects, resulting in a powerful, deeply human body of work that recorded the lived experiences of individuals.
An exhibition at Jeu de Paume, Paris, brings together images from five specific series, offering a wide selection of work previously unseen in France. The collection includes images from the Depression period (1933-1934), the Farm Security Administration (1935-1939), the Japanese American internment (1942), the Richmond shipyards (1942-1944) and a Public defender (1955-1957).
The show opens 16 October. Find out more here.
1. Drought-abandoned house on the edge of the Great Plains near Hollis, Oklahoma, 1938. Dorothea Lange © The Dorothea Lange Collection, the Oakland Museum of California
2. Jour de lessive, quarante-huit heures avant l’évacuation des personnes d’ascendance japonaise de ce village agricole du comté de Santa Clara, San Lorenzo, Californie. 1942 Dorothea Lange © The Dorothea Lange Collection, the Oakland Museum of California
3. Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California, 1942. Dorothea Lange © The Dorothea Lange Collection, the Oakland Museum of California, City of Oakland. Gift of Paul S. Taylor.
4. Toward Los Angeles, California, 1937. Dorothea Lange © The Dorothea Lange Collection, the Oakland Museum of California