Ditched, Stalled and Stranded, San Joaquin Valley, CA, 1935
Ditched, Stalled and Stranded, San Joaquin Valley, CA, 1935
Street Demonstration, 
San Francisco, 1933
Street Demonstration,
San Francisco, 1933
Imperial Valley, 1935
Imperial Valley, 1935
Imperial Valley, California, 1935
Imperial Valley, California, 1935
Mexican-American, San Francisco, 1928
Mexican-American, San Francisco, 1928
San Francisco Waterfront, 1934
San Francisco Waterfront, 1934
San Joaquin Valley, California, 1935
San Joaquin Valley, California, 1935
Wandering Boy, Camp Carlton, CA, 1935
Wandering Boy, Camp Carlton, CA, 1935
Arkansas Sharecroppers, c. 1937
Arkansas Sharecroppers, c. 1937
Calipatria, California, February 1937
Calipatria, California, February 1937
Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936
Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936
Crossroads Store, Alabama, 1937
Crossroads Store, Alabama, 1937
Damaged Child, Shacktown, Elm Grove, Oklahoma, 1936
Damaged Child, Shacktown, Elm Grove, Oklahoma, 1936
Hoeing, Near Yazoo City, Mississippi, 1937
Hoeing, Near Yazoo City, Mississippi, 1937
Jobless on the Edge of Peafield, Imperial Valley, California, 1937
Jobless on the Edge of Peafield, Imperial Valley, California, 1937
Kern County, California, 1937
Kern County, California, 1937
Man Tilting Back in Chair
Man Tilting Back in Chair
One Man, One Mule, Greene County, Georgia, 1937
One Man, One Mule, Greene County, Georgia, 1937
Sherriff, Waggoner, Oklahoma, 1937
Sherriff, Waggoner, Oklahoma, 1937
Unemployed Farm Worker, Stockton, California, 1937
Unemployed Farm Worker, Stockton, California, 1937
Untitled, 1936
Untitled, 1936
Young Sharecropper, Macon County, Georgia, 1937
Young Sharecropper, Macon County, Georgia, 1937
'On the Plains a Hat is More than a Coveirng,' 1938
'On the Plains a Hat is More than a Coveirng,' 1938
A Half-hour Later, Hardman County, texas, 1938
A Half-hour Later, Hardman County, texas, 1938
End of an Era in a Small Valley Town, California, 1938
End of an Era in a Small Valley Town, California, 1938
Grayson, San Joaquin Valley, California, 1938
Grayson, San Joaquin Valley, California, 1938
Greenville, Mississippi, 1938
Greenville, Mississippi, 1938
Kern County, California, 1938
Kern County, California, 1938
Mississippi, 1938
Mississippi, 1938
Near Westley, California, 1938
Near Westley, California, 1938
Ozarks, Missouri, 1938
Ozarks, Missouri, 1938
Rural California, 1938
Rural California, 1938
Six Tenant Farmers without Farms, Hardman County, Texas, 1938
Six Tenant Farmers without Farms, Hardman County, Texas, 1938
Texas Panhandle, 1938
Texas Panhandle, 1938
The Road West, New Mexico, 1938
The Road West, New Mexico, 1938
Tractored Out, Childress County, Texas, 1938
Tractored Out, Childress County, Texas, 1938
Water Boy, Mississippi Delta, 1938
Water Boy, Mississippi Delta, 1938
Woman in igratory Labor Camp, California, 1938
Woman in igratory Labor Camp, California, 1938
Woman of the High Plains, Texas Panhandle, 1938
Woman of the High Plains, Texas Panhandle, 1938
Argument in Trailer Court, 1944
Argument in Trailer Court, 1944
Around Cotton Wagon
Around Cotton Wagon
Burned-out Couple, Sacramento Valley, CA, 1940
Burned-out Couple, Sacramento Valley, CA, 1940
Church on the Great Plains, 1949
Church on the Great Plains, 1949
Emptying Cotton Bags
Emptying Cotton Bags
End of Shift, Richmond, California, 1942
End of Shift, Richmond, California, 1942
Japanese Internment Camp
Japanese Internment Camp
Men Emptying Cotton Bags
Men Emptying Cotton Bags
Migratory Cotton Picker, Eloy, Arizona, 1940
Migratory Cotton Picker, Eloy, Arizona, 1940
Oakland, California, 1942
Oakland, California, 1942
Oakland, California, 1942
Oakland, California, 1942
One Nation Indivisible, San Francisco, 1942
One Nation Indivisible, San Francisco, 1942
Portrait of Old Man with Hat
Portrait of Old Man with Hat
Richmond, California, 1942
Richmond, California, 1942
Richmond, California, 1942
Richmond, California, 1942
Richmond, California, 1942
Richmond, California, 1942
Richmond, California, 1944
Richmond, California, 1944
Road on the Great Plains, 1941
Road on the Great Plains, 1941
Shipyard Construction Workers, Richmond, California, 1942
Shipyard Construction Workers, Richmond, California, 1942
Shipyard Worker, Richmond, California, 1942
Shipyard Worker, Richmond, California, 1942
Six Cotton (Cabbage) Pickers
Six Cotton (Cabbage) Pickers
War Babies, Richmond, California, 1944
War Babies, Richmond, California, 1944
County Clare, Ireland, 1954
County Clare, Ireland, 1954
County Clare, Ireland, 1954
County Clare, Ireland, 1954
Girl, Western Ireland, 1954
Girl, Western Ireland, 1954
Greg Running, 1955
Greg Running, 1955
Gunlock, Utah, 1953
Gunlock, Utah, 1953
Herald Square, New York, 1952
Herald Square, New York, 1952
Irish Child, County Clare, Ireland, 1954
Irish Child, County Clare, Ireland, 1954
Lap, 1953
Lap, 1953
Oakland, California, 1952
Oakland, California, 1952
Oakland, California, 1952
Oakland, California, 1952
Oakland, California, 1952
Oakland, California, 1952
Riley Savage, 1953
Riley Savage, 1953
Sacramento, California, 1951
Sacramento, California, 1951
The Church is Full, near Inagh, County Clare, 1954
The Church is Full, near Inagh, County Clare, 1954
Toquerville, Utah,1953
Toquerville, Utah,1953
Toquerville, Utah,1953
Toquerville, Utah,1953
Western Addition, San Francisco, CA, 1951
Western Addition, San Francisco, CA, 1951
Andrew aty Steep Ravine, MArin County, California, 1957
Andrew aty Steep Ravine, MArin County, California, 1957
Apartment House Dweller, Bay Area, California, 1957
Apartment House Dweller, Bay Area, California, 1957
Bad Trouble Over the Weekend, 1964
Bad Trouble Over the Weekend, 1964
Berryessa Valley, Napa County, CA, 1957
Berryessa Valley, Napa County, CA, 1957
Black Maria, Oakland, 1955-57
Black Maria, Oakland, 1955-57
Cafe near Pinole, California, 1956
Cafe near Pinole, California, 1956
Hand, Indonesian Dancer, Java, 1958
Hand, Indonesian Dancer, Java, 1958
Korean Child, 1958
Korean Child, 1958
Pakistan, 1958
Pakistan, 1958
Paul, Briefcase and Umbrella, 1957
Paul, Briefcase and Umbrella, 1957
Street in Southeast Asia
Street in Southeast Asia
The Defendant, Alameda County Court House, California, 1955-57
The Defendant, Alameda County Court House, California, 1955-57
US Highway #40, California, 1956
US Highway #40, California, 1956
Venezuela, 1960
Venezuela, 1960
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Dorothea Lange

Duplicate Prints from the 1966 Retrospective at the MOMA


September 18 - November 2, 2002
New York

DOROTHEA LANGE
Duplicate Prints from the 1966 Retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art
- Edwynn Houk Gallery -
September 18 – November 2, 2002
(Reception September 18, 6-8 pm)

Edwynn Houk Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition DOROTHEA LANGE: Duplicate Prints from the 1966 Retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, running from September 18 through November 2. Drawn entirely from the collections of MoMA, the prints on view were all made under LANGE’s direct supervision for the first retrospective of the photographer’s work. This exhibition was organized at MoMA by the Museum’s seminal curator of photography, John Szarkowski, in 1966. To enable the show to travel, LANGE produced two identical sets of prints. While one set remains in the collections of MoMA, the duplicate set is now being deaccessioned in association with the Edwynn Houk Gallery.

The show offers a complete survey of LANGE’s career, starting with her celebrated work for the FSA at the time of the Great Depression. This period alone comprises half of the exhibition. A large section, however, is devoted to the rediscovery of LANGE’s later work from the 1950s. This work is remarkable for a modern quality of alienation and a tension in the composition which anticipate Robert Frank and the “social landscape” images of Lee Friedlander. A number of the prints are very large in scale, introducing a radical break with the personal, intimate size of photographs which was the norm at that time.

Icons of our times, LANGE’s moving images transcend the documentary style by raising photography to new heights of humanity and art. Her photographs of the Great Depression, such as the archetypal Migrant Mother (1936), encapsulate both the spirit of a mythmaking epoch and the epic power of the photographic image. Rife with empathy, yet guided by an almost missionary sense of the universal, LANGE’s art stands out, in the words of Peter Galassi (Chief Curator, Department of Photography at MoMA) for its unique balance between “symbol making” and a “visceral connection” to the subject at hand. Underlying the artist’s oeuvre is a masterful command of composition whose geometrical rigor serves to heighten and concentrate the emotional power of the image into a moment of immediate impact.

Born in 1895, in New Jersey, to parents of German descent, LANGE was struck by polio at age 7.
This affliction, which maimed her for life, also durably shaped her vision, giving her, in the words of Pierre Borhan (Dorothea Lange: The Heart and Mind of a Photographer), a “heightened sense of dignity” and leading her to “consider courage an essential virtue”. In 1914, she decided on a career as a photographer and trained with Arnold Genthe and Clarence White. In 1918, she moved to San Francisco where she opened a flourishing portrait studio. The advent of the Depression, combined with the breakup of her marriage, led to a new social awareness. In 1933, she created her first picture in the documentary vein, White Angel Breadline. With the help of her second husband, the sociologist Paul Schuster Taylor, she began in 1935 the field work that made her famous, documenting the plight of migratory workers for the Emergency Relief Administration. This led to her collaboration with the Resettlement Administration (renamed Farm Security Administration, FSA, in 1937) under Roy Stryker. Her photographs were hailed at the time as emblematic of the New Deal spirit. LANGE, however, like her colleague Walker Evans, soon found that her artistic goals conflicted with Stryker’s purely documentarian approach. Relations with the FSA progressively loosened as of 1936 until the final break in 1940. That same year, LANGE’s personal “record of human erosion” was set down in the book An American Exodus. During World War II, LANGE, trained her compassionate eye on the internment of Japanese-Americans in war camps. In collaboration with Ansel Adams, and later her son, Daniel Dixon, she began reportage work for Fortune and Life. In 1951, she participated in the creation of Aperture. Her photographs, regularly exhibited throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, were included in the landmark Family of Man show in 1955. Although plagued with recurring bouts of illness, LANGE accompanied her husband throughout the 1950s on field trips to underdeveloped countries, returning with images from Asia, Latin America and Egypt. DOROTHEA LANGE died October 11, 1965 in California, while completing preparations for her final achievement, her retrospective at MoMA.

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