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Migrant Daughter: 1936

Migrant Daughter: 1936

November 1936. "Daughter of migrant Tennessee coal miner. Living in American River camp near Sacramento, California." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.


Oh, women...

All that hard work and she still found the time to wave her hair. Don't think I'm smack talking - I'm on here waiting for my flatiron to heat up!


The Oakland museum of photography has other photos of this girl, one of which is "Ruby from Arkansas."


Her beauty, the pathos, the stories it makes you wonder about in your head -- I might actually like this one more than "Migrant Mother." Devotion to her father? Trapped by duty? Lost sweetheart? Dreams of running away? Dreams already fading? Incredible photograph. Lange was a master of the character study, wasn't she.

A true beauty

Those young hands appear to have known hard work, and that right there is the look of lost love, if you ask me.


It's like seeing Rosasharn from Grapes of Wrath.

Wow ...

I can't imagine what's going through her mind ... but she is absolutely beautiful.


I am amazed how Dorothea Lange continually found beauty in pathos.

It's in the eyes

Fantastic. I wonder where her mind is. The crease where her hand meets her forehead shows just how heavy her head, and perhaps her heart, is.

I like how she has her left elbow resting on her right wrist draped over her knee. When you have a bony elbow (like I do) it makes those long introspections slightly more comfortable.

Ms Lange sure knew how to capture a moment. Another outstanding photo in a wonderful repertoire.

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