Dorothea Lange (1895-1965) made her name as a photographer at a defining time for America : a time marked by racial tensions, economic ruin, and war. He was a privileged witness of all this, and his testimony, always personal and often uncomfortable for the establishment, remains as alive as it was then.
In this extraordinary and illuminating biography, Linda Gordon presents not only Dorothea Lange, the pioneer of documentary photography, but also, for the first time, her most intimate events: her two marriages (to brilliant men who broadened her horizons, the painter Maynard Dixon and economist Paul Taylor); your family relationships; your health problems; its contradictions. While drawing a splendid historical and social fresco, always attentive to gender issues , Gordon conveys with passionate rigor Dorothea Lange's tireless dedication to work and her commitment to the fight against injustice.
It also analyzes her legacy, the unforgettable images -now universal icons- of an exceptional photographer who once said: " a camera is a tool to learn to see without a camera ".