Monday, December 6, 2010

Mississippi Delta Children

Mississippi Delta Children
Dorthea Lange
Black and White

Dorthea Lange was an independent portrait photographer around 1917. She took pictures of homeless people during the Great Depression to draw awareness to the crisis that was going on. In 1935 she joined the Farm Security Administration and took pictures of the hopelessness (as well as the pride) of the people during those hard times. One picture, the Migrant Mother, was the iconic picture that really made her famous.

Personally, this picture seems very solemn and the kids seem like they don’t have a family because it’s just showing the kids; there are no adults. The two kids in the center seem like they are the oldest because of all the younger children encircled around them and the girl looks like she’s keeping an eye out on someone outside of the picture.

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