HW6 Dorothea Lange

In the photograph, White Angel Bread line, taken by Dorothea Lange, you can see a man turned around facing the front in a crowd of other men who are facing the opposite side. these men are hungry waiting in a line to get bread. the man facing front is the center of attention. he has a look of despair and worry. his hands are crossed which makes me think he is uncomfortable with the situation hes in. the man is the main focus of this photograph.

In the photograph, Migrant Mother, Nipomo, taken by Dorothea Lange, you can see a mother with three of her kids in the shot. the mother is the center of attention where the kids are sort of hiding behind their mother and one little baby is on her lap, almost looks like they’re crying. the mother has a tensed look on her face, she looks worried for herself and her children. they look hungry and their condition looks bad as they haven’t been well fed or taken care of.

The family had wished that the photograph had not been taken as to it depicted a wrong image. there was more to the story which the single photograph had shown. during this time of a pandemic, the photographs we see of patients suffering from the virus makes us think a certain way, to a limit we can know what actually is going around and not what we only see in the photographs. Lange’s photograph did have a huge impact at that time.

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1 Response to HW6 Dorothea Lange

  1. rmichals says:

    You describe the White Angel Bread line Photograph well but what does it make you feel? What is the impact of this photo.

    Again you describe clearly the contents of the Migrant Mother photo by Dorothea Lange. I also asked about the visual elements and how Lange made the image compelling. What was Lange trying to express in this image?

    You make a good point that a photograph does not tell the whole story and that is certainly true with Migrant Mother.

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