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 twentieth-century America, Gordon masterfully re-creates bohemian San Francisco, the Depression, and the Japanese-American internment camps. Accompanied by over one hundred images, Gordon's sparkling, fast-moving story testifies to her status as one of the most gifted historians of our time.
"Gordon's elegant biography is a testament to Lange's gift for challenging her country to open its eyes."
New York Times Book Review
"The photographer whose iconic images helped define the Great Depression gets her due in this outstanding biography, which explains why Lange's work continues to resonate today."
"Much has been written about Lange's work, but Gordon goes behind the camera with intimate details of Lange's private life and also suggests her underlying recognition of the limits of her craft."
Ann E.Yow, SeattleTimes