Winner of the 2010 Bancroft Prize and finalist for the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography: The definitive biography of a heroic chronicler of America's Depression and one of the 20th century's greatest photographers.
We all know Dorothea Lange's iconic photos - the Migrant Mother holding her child, the shoeless children of the Dust Bowl - but now renowned American historian Linda Gordon brings them to three-dimensional life in this groundbreaking exploration of Lange's transformation into a documentarist. Using Lange's life to anchor a moving social history of 20th-century America, Gordon masterfully re-creates bohemian San Francisco, the Depression, and the Japanese-American internment camps. Gordon has written a sparkling, fast-moving story that testifies to her status as one of the most gifted historians of our time.
©2009 Linda Gordon (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit, as I am a photographer and have admired Lange's work without knowing anything about her. The story introduced quite a bit of conjecture and assumption along the way, but in general the story seemed well researched. There were obviously more gaps in documentation than is common when putting together a book like this. Things that seemed obvious conjecture were well considered and generally had the ring of truth that keeps them from being speed bumps.
I wish I had read this book rather then listened to it. The narrator mispronounced quite a few words along the way, enough to be jarring each time. And they weren't just uncommon place names like San Joaquin (as San JoeWokin) but numerous common words.
I always assumed they would edit while recording to fix gaffes like these when producing audio books.
"How the American Depression affected Photography."
Thats what the title should be as its as much about the country's struggle through the depression and the war as it is a biography about Dorothea Lange. It is a bit repetitive and at times its a struggle to read but it does cover the person and the times well. It has a lot of detail about Dorotea Lange I never knew and not being American, this gave me a good insight into the Depression and their war effort.
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