The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to look without a camera.
Dorothea Lange (Dorothea Margaretta Nutzhorn) is considered one of the founders of documentary photography and one of America’s most important photographers. She was born on May 26, 1895 in Hoboken, New Jersy, and died on October 11, 1965 in San Francisco.
When she was seven years old, she contracted Polyo (polio). As a result, her right leg lamed, drawing the mockery of the other children on her. Even her mother was ashamed of it.
In 1907, the father left the family and she would never see him again. Her life was always turbulent family, which she also shaped a piece. Overall, she withdrew sharply, even had little social contacts. She began to observe her surroundings. She became a photographer against family resistance.
Having initially enjoyed great success as a portrait photographer, she began her documentary photography in the suddenly impoverished society with the collapse of the stock market on the infamous black Thursday, October 24, 1929. Her first famous pictures were taken.
In 1945, she portrayed the founding assembly of the United Nations, but then had to withdraw her commitment for health reasons. She died of severe cancer on October 11, 1965 in San Francisco.