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Vintage photos of:
Dorothea Lange (1895-1965). This socially conscious documentarian of Dust Bowl migrants in the 1930s took one of the most famous photographs of the Depression era, Migrant Mother. Dorothea Lange was born on May 26, 1895 in Hoboken, New Jersey and learned photography at Columbia University in New York. During the Great Depression Dorothea Lange worked for the Farm Security Administration documenting the plight of the unemployed, homeless and migrant laborers. Dorothea Lange died on October 11, 1965.