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Dorothea Lange - An American Odyssey - YouTube: Before she even owned a camera Dorothea Lange started her visual odyssey in New York's Lower East Side with a passion for mingling with the common people on the street. Following a move to the West she became one of the great portrait photographers of San Francisco's upper crust. But when the Great Depression hit, she moved back to the streets, photographing destitute people.

In 1939, Lois Adolf’s family was “on relief.” Her father had borrowed money from the Farm Security Administration (FSA) and a photographer from FSA doing documentary work took her picture. That photographer was Dorothea Lange.*

from BuzzFeed

The 50 Most Powerful Pictures In American History

March 1936 — "Migrant Mother" This iconic photo that depicts the realities of the Great Depression will be used to discuss the impacts of the Depression and it's influences on global politics, particularly how the worldwide economic depression brought about WWII.

Dorothea Lange, 1936 (by Rondal Partridge) - "She was an influential American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA). Lange's photographs humanized the consequences of the Great Depression and influenced the development of documentary photography."

August 1936. "Family between Dallas and Austin. The people have left their home and connections in South Texas, and hope to reach the Arkansas Delta for work in the cotton fields. Penniless people.

from National Media Museum

How To Spot A Collodion Positive, Also Known As An Ambrotype (early 1850s - 1880s