Dorothea Lange was a successful portrait photographer in San Francisco when the stock market crashed in 1929. As her business diminished with the Depression, she began photographing the world around her, including labor strikes and protests. Then married to renowned California landscape painter Maynard Dixon, Lange became increasingly politicized. She found work with a series of relief organizations, most significantly the Resettlement Agency, later called the Farm Security Administration. Her 1936 photograph Migrant Mother
has become an icon of the Depression era, embodying the human toll exacted during those bleak years.
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