Dorothea Lange was born in Hoboken, New Jersey on May 26th 1895.Her full name at birth was Dorothea Margaretta Nutzhorn.She was thefirst child of Joan and Henry Nutzhorn, which were second-generation German immigrants. Dorothea decided to drop her middle name and use her mother's maiden name after her father left her family.Dorothea finally developed inner strength and decided to pursue an education for her self.From 1914 to 1917, Dorothea attended public schools in New York City.She went on to study photography at Colombia University and also worked in a New York Portrait studio.In 1918, she began to travel until she ended up in San Francisco where she furthered her studies.After San Francisco she met her husband, Maynard Dixon, a painter.She traveled to the southwest with him photographing Native Americans.
Dorothea Lange was a photographer that captured many memories of the Great Depression.She believed that the camera could teach people how to see without a camera. While Dorothea's career was flourishing she and her husband divorced.She met Paul Schuster Taylor; they decided to marry in 1935.She then went to work for the California and Federal Resettlement Administration to record the Dust Bowl.During this time, she created her most familiar image, "Migrant Mother".This image is now found in the Library of Congress collection.She always said, "The good photograph is not the object, the consequences of the photograph are the objects."
Three months after Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt ordered the relocation of Japanese-Americans into armed camps in the West. After the War, a Relocation Authority hired Lange to photograph Japanese neighborhoods, processing centers, and camp facilities.This was a start to a new chapter in Dorothea's life.During World War II Dorothea documented the imprisonment of Japanese-Americans in camps.She

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