Oakland Museum of California Launches Dorothea Lange Digital Archive #ArtTuesday
Over on the West Coast, the Oakland Museum of California has made many of the images of Dorothea Lange’s personal archive available online. Here’s more from the Oakland Museum of California:
Dorothea Lange (1895–1965) was one of the most important artists of the 20th century. She documented American life with riveting, intimate photographs that captured the human face of national events. Best known for iconic images of migrant farmworkers during the Depression of the 1930s, her many other projects include photographs of urban homelessness and Japanese American citizens incarcerated during World War II. Later work addressed community displacement, the urban criminal justice system, and rural life in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Upon her death in 1965, Lange’s husband Paul S. Taylor donated her personal archive of more than 40,000 original negatives and 6,000 vintage prints to the Oakland Museum of California. The gift also included field notes, personal correspondence, proof sheets, audio tapes, and other material that tell the story of Lange’s documentary process. OMCA’s archive is the most complete collection of Lange’s work anywhere. Curators and researchers visit it from around the world.
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