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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

The Picker's Daughter: 1938

The Picker's Daughter: 1938

November 1938. "Kern County, California. Cotton picker's child listening to speeches of organizer at strike meeting to raise wages from 75 cents to 90 cents a hundred pounds. Strike unsuccessful." View full size. Photo by Dorothea Lange.

 

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Dorothea Lange seemed to be able to bore right through to the soul of her subjects and trip the shutter. Such talent and skill at capturing not only the perfect moment, but also at freezing the quintessential moment. "Strike? More money? My Mom's being 'exploited?' That don't sound no good at all!" Frame the moment; frame the feeling; frame the message. Lange's photos will forever define the Depression era for me.
Denny Gill
Chugiak, Alaska

 
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