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  • Writer's pictureDaisy Holder

Dorothea Lange, 1985-1965⁣⁣⁣⁣


The depression era photojournalist and documentary photographer ⁣⁣⁣⁣had a permanent limp and muscle weakness after contracting polio aged 7. ⁣⁣⁣⁣

She is best known for documenting the migrant families moving across America and the Japanese-American internment camps in the USA after Pearl Harbour.⁣⁣⁣⁣

The well known photographer brought national attention to issues that were being ignored by many people.⁣⁣⁣⁣

Because of her photographs, the government was forced into taking action during the depression. ⁣⁣⁣⁣

The pictures she took at the internment camps for Japanese-American people were so shocking, most were surpressed by authorities, and weren't seen until after the war.⁣⁣⁣⁣

⁣⁣⁣⁣She said of her disability: "It formed me, guided me, instructed me, helped me, and humiliated me" which I like to think refers to her tripping over in front of people she fancied.⁣⁣⁣⁣

She died after years of Post-polio syndrome, but everyone recognises her photos. ⁣⁣⁣⁣

A woman sits in a tent looking worried, with two children buring their heads into her shoulder

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