The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression
by Carole Boston Weatherford ill by Sarah Green
The Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression chronicles this artist's life with prose that is precise and eloquent. Narration skims over Lange's early years, describing her childhood in New York: "Dorothea donned a cloak of invisibility to pass the vagabonds." The book focuses on Lange's work of preserving soul-crushing images of the Depression. "She saw despair from her second-story studio window and took her camera to the street." Descriptions of those "neglected and ignored" are poignant and poetic. The biography concludes with details surrounding the creation of her most famous photograph, Migrant Mother.
Sarah Green's signature style and muted color palette echo the dust and despondency of this period in American history. Back matter nicely fleshes out supporting details. Carol Boston Weatherford has created a stellar companion to her picture book study of Gordon Parks.