Near the entrance to this exhibition of work by trailblazing twentieth-century documentary photographer Dorothea Lange we confront the image of a migratory cotton picker, whose calloused palm hides his mouth from our view, as though to signal his reticence. The image dovetails with a nearby wall text, in which Lange conveys her desire to photograph the underprivileged without taking their privacy and dignity from them.
DOROTHEA LANGE’S PHOTOGRAPHY CAPTURED THE DESPAIR OF A COUNTRY DIVIDED BY INEQUALITY
Dorothea Lange in Art in America
2 March 2020