Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange

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DVD - 2014
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Profiles American photographer Dorothea Lange, who came to the the attention of the world with her photographs documenting the Great Depression, and achieved lasting fame in the post-War years.
Publisher: [Arlington, Virginia] : PBS, [2014]
Edition: Widescreen
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781627890786
Branch Call Number: DVD 770.92 LANGE DOROTHE 1DISC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 108 min.) : sound, color with black & white sequences ; 4 3/4 in
laser optical,NTSC
video file,DVD video,region 1


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Jul 05, 2019

so much more informative and interesting than the novelized version of Dorothea's life that I read last month. the only good thing is that in a search for more about her I found this doc.
excellent portrait of her life - against the grain and against the pain

Jun 06, 2019

I wish that more photographs had been included in the first part of the documentary. Ms. Lange's photographs are amazing!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

Mar 11, 2018

If you enjoy watching documentaries, then this is definitely one that you won't want to miss.

This top-notch PBS presentation takes a close look at American photographer, Dorothea Lange who documented (on film) the harsh realities of the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Though Lange has been dead since 1965 - This documentary featured plenty of archival footage of her talking about her work and about being witness to the hardships of so many people during the Depression-era.

Lange's granddaughter, Dyanna Taylor was the producer of this fine and informative production.

Mar 08, 2018

Born in Hoboken, New Jersey (1895) - Dorothea Lange was a notable photographer (with a very keen eye) whose impressive photographic work (recording the decidedly rough and realistic side of Depression-era America) stands tall today as some of the very best images, ever.

Through interviews, stills, and archival footage - This first-rate documentary from the "American Masters" series (presented through the PBS) takes a close-up look at Lange's career as an outstanding camerawoman whose stark, striking, b&w images have faithfully documented a very important part of the bleak side of American history.

*Note* - In 1965 - Dorothea Lange (70 at the time) died from throat cancer.

Apr 12, 2017


This memoir made by Lange's granddaughter Dyanna Taylor is a testament to the singular courageous journey of an artist whose dogged determination and compassionate heart created the school of documentary photography. Lange witnesses a number of our greatest social calamities from the Great Depression and Dust Bowl to the sharecropping of our Reconstruction. Through her marvelous photographs, Lange captures the enduring spirit of those who suffer, yet who still strive to live a full and meaningful life.

Well done! A life lived to the fullest.

Apr 12, 2017

Part of a PBS series called American Masters. Dorthea Lange was a photographer, artist, documentarian. She beautifully captured images that were stunning / impressive / disturbing / etc. She seemed to have no limits. She worked with the U.S. government photographing the Depression and the Dustbowl. She worked against the government (the government worked against her) documenting Japanese-American interment. Lots of commentary by people who knew her, as well as herself. Plenty of her photos displayed. Truly captures someone who had sight beyond pretty images and had insight into reality - sometimes pretty, other times not.

Dec 29, 2016

In some ways a powerful feminist, Lange also sacrificed much for her art and career. She is perhaps best known for her photos of rural poverty during the Depression, a vital documentation. Through her contacts, she helped make "The Family of Man" photography exhibit come together, a watershed. Her influence lives on.

kevfarley May 26, 2015

A wonderful biopic of an extra-ordinary woman and dedicated activist-artist,.. made with great sensitivity and filmatic skill by her granddaughter.

LaughingOne Apr 13, 2015

I have long loved the photographs of Dorothea Lange. It was a pleasure to see more of them in this documentary and to see/hear her talk about them and her work. I felt for her children, who were not her top priority even though the times dictated the woman should be the caretaker. It especially touched me when her son told how he had picked flowers and brought them to her as gift. Instead of taking the flowers, she took a photograph of his hand holding the flowers. Sometimes living with artists has its down side. But I do love her photographic eye and her photographs.

brontelit87 Mar 22, 2015

This is a very interesting, yet slow moving, documentary. It was great to learn about Lange. It was also interesting to see the range of her work. However, during the segment about Lange's world travels with her husband in the early fifties, the director left out Lange's photos of Ireland and other countries in Europe. Overall, this was an informative show.

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