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    Artist Name:

    Dorothea Lange

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    American, 1895 – 1965


    White Angel Breadline


    1932, printed later


    Gelatin silver print


    13 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches

    Credit Line:

    Anonymous gift in honor of Thomas W. Southall

    Accession Number:


    Currently Not on View
    Lange was working as a commercial portraitist in Berkeley, California, when she made this image of unemployed workers awaiting a food handout in the early years of the Depression. Her focus on the subtle gesture of a man holding his tin cup between his tired, outstretched arms draws our attention to the individual amid a mass of people. This empathy and photographic skill later distinguished Lange’s approach when she worked for the government’s Resettlement Administration (later renamed the Farm Security Administration, 1935-1942). Her mandate was to create affirmative photographs of the plight of the displaced and the positive effects of the New Deal, but her compassion and respect for her individual subjects always allowed her work to transcend mere propaganda.

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