More Dorthea Lange photography


4 thoughts on “More Dorthea Lange photography

  1. I think the past is referred to as the “good ole days” because of its absence of modern conveniences and simplistic lifestyle. It wasn’t always all that great. For example, I think it would have been cool to live in the 1970s because of the music, the clothes, and the great TV shows. Then again, the 70s had Watergate, the Vietnam War and really ugly looking station wagons. LOL! Our memories tend to focus on the good and block out the bad. That’s why the past always seems better until we are reminded that it isn’t any better or worse than the present.
    Erika K.

  2. I didn’t mention this in class, but during the 1920’s another artist named Tina Modotti did some terrific photographs of landscapes and people of Mexico. She was known for being apart of the Communist Movement in Mexico, but she also used close up shots of her subjects. I learned in class that she did this to signify the individual instead of the collective, which goes against communism, but she believed it was easier to get a reaction by taking photographs of individuals. I think Lange was using this same technique to get the same reactions, but as we said in class where is the happy medium? As someone in class quoted Stalin, “A single death is a tragedy; a million a statistic.”

  3. Just to add to it, “Mexico” emerged as a kind of romanticized utopia to many Thirties-era writers. We would see this as offensive (not to mention ironic!) today, but they saw in the “primitive” conditions there a kind of earthy lifeforce that they opposed to a capitalist world of dog eat dog.

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