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Dorothea's Eyes: Dorothea Lange Photographs the Truth Hardcover – March 1, 2016
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Here is the powerful and inspiring biography of Dorothea Lange, one of the founders of documentary photography.
After a childhood bout of polio left her with a limp, all Dorothea Lange wanted to do was disappear. But her desire not to be seen helped her learn how to blend into the background and observe. With a passion for the artistic life, and in spite of her family's disapproval, Lange pursued her dream to become a photographer and focused her lens on the previously unseen victims of the Great Depression. This poetic biography tells the emotional story of Lange's life and includes a gallery of her photographs, an author's note, a timeline, and a bibliography.
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"This biography of celebrated photographer Dorothea Lange (best known for the iconic Migrant Mother) has a clear, consistent message... Lange's photographs are unique because they depict 'people the world ignores' with both truth and love, allowing viewers to see the world with their eyes and hearts...DuBois employs a muted palette, and the striking illustrations have a faded look that complements the setting and mood....A solid introduction to one of America's most celebrated photographers." —School Library Journal
"Rosenstock lyrically describes photographer Dorothea Lange's creative development from a polio-stricken child from Hoboken to the photographer behind some of the nation's most iconic images." —Publishers Weekly
"An oversize portrait of those titular grey-green eyes introduce Dorothea's special talent at seeing details in objects and faces that others might miss....Softly outlined pastel images create spacious and simple vivid pictures..." —Booklist
About the Author
Gerard DuBois is the illustrator of Monsieur Marceau: Actor without Words, the 2013 NCTE Orbis Pictus winner. He lives in Montreal, Canada, with his family. Visit gdubois.com.
- Publisher : Calkins Creek; First Edition (March 1, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 162979208X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1629792088
- Reading age : 7 - 10 years
- Lexile measure : 580L
- Grade level : 2 - 5
- Item Weight : 15.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.81 x 0.36 x 11.31 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #473,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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After her parents split up, her mother finds a job in a city library and Dorothea attends a school full of poor immigrants. She is Different and Lonely.
But, she is also Watchful. Curious. So, after school she,
spies into crowded tenements where fathers, home from peddling, read newspapers, and mothers wash dishes, clothes, and babies in rusty sinks--happy and sad mixed together.
Dorothea pretends she's invisible all the time.
And all the time, Dorothea sees with her eyes and her heart.
As a teenager, she announces she is going to be a photographer. Despite her mother's resistance ("It...it isn't ladylike!") Dorothea gets work at photographer's studios and learns everything she can about cameras and darkrooms.
She loves faces, but is restless to see places too. She sets off from New Jersey to travel around the world but stays in San Fransisco after her money is stolen. She starts her own portrait studio and becomes successful. She marries and has children. But, she keeps asking herself, Am I using my eyes and my heart?
One day during the Depression she looks outside her window and sees men searching for work. She focuses on one man in particular and Dorothea's heart won't let her stop.
Dorothea leaves her comfortable life and takes her camera on the road. She scans dirt lanes, peers down back paths, and squints up broken steps. Fathers stoop in fields, working for pennies. Mothers nurse sick children, lying thirsty in makeshift tents. Whole families in jalopies--blown out by the dust storms wracking the land. Her heart knows all about people the world ignores.
Dorothea doesn't just photograph the people she meets. She understands how ashamed and invisible they feel. For five years despite a leg that always hurts, she photographs people for the world to see. "The jobless. The hungry. The homeless."
Newspapers and magazines publish these pictures. Dorothea's eyes won't let the country look away. Her photographs help convince the government to provide parents with work, children with food, and families with safe, clean homes.
The truth, seen with love, becomes Dorothea's art.
Another great picture book biography about someone who overcame their own difficulties, and used a "small" skill to help make other lives better. I recognized several of her photographs, but didn't know about the woman behind them or the impact she had during the Great Depression and beyond.