Dorothea's Eyes: Dorothea Lange Photographs the Truth
Dorothea's Eyes: Dorothea Lange Photographs the Truth

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Annotation: A poetic introduction to the life and achievements of a founder of documentary photography describes the disability that inspired Dorothea Lange's photography career and her efforts to raise awareness about the unseen victims of the Great Depression.
Genre: Biographies
Catalog Number: #144725
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Illustrator: DeBois, Gerard,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-629-79208-X Perma-Bound: 0-605-98509-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-629-79208-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-98509-4
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 2015946898
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
An oversize portrait of those titular grey-green eyes introduce Dorothea's special talent at seeing details in objects and faces that others might miss. When Dorothea was seven, she contracted polio, and her forever-withered leg caused kids to call her "Limpy." Feeling invisible, she learned to be watchful and curious, "seeing with her eyes and her heart." Dorothea's love of faces led her to take up photography as an adult, a very unladylike profession in 1914. Her focus on the poor led to her documentation of humanity's suffering during the Great Depression. In seeing and recording the people the world ignored, Dorothea helped others see with their hearts and created a lasting portrayal of events in U.S. history. Softly outlined pastel images create spacious and simple vivid pictures of her family and the many people she encountered. At book's end, iconic photographs by Lange show the breadth of her moving portraits. Back matter, in addition to an informative time line, gives more information about her life.
Horn Book
From childhood struggles in the turn-of-the-twentieth-century NYC area (including contracting polio and being raised by a single mother) to her acclaim documenting Americans' struggles during the Depression, Lange's empathy is the emotional core of Rosenstock's clipped present-tense narrative: "Dorothea sees with her eyes and her heart." DuBois's subdued acrylic and digital art aptly captures the era; six Lange photographs are appended. Reading list, timeline. Bib.
School Library Journal
Gr 25 This biography of celebrated photographer Dorothea Lange (best known for the iconic Migrant Mother ) has a clear, consistent message: Lange's photographs are unique because they depict "people the world ignores" with both truth and love, allowing viewers to see the world with their eyes and hearts. The author chronicles the evolution of Lange's approach. An enthusiastic, curious observer who often felt invisible to others, Lange decided as a young woman to embark on a career as a photographer. She opened a successful portrait studio but ultimately was compelled to take to the streets to document the impact of the Great Depression on the poor. Lange later traveled the back roads and less familiar places, chronicling the lives of people during hard times. Despite her physical problems due to childhood polio, she traveled to 22 states, capturing the poverty of the homeless, jobless, and hungry. Lange's photographs, published in newspapers and magazines, convinced the government of the need for assistance. Statements in bold red print found throughout the text explain the growth of Lange's caring and truthful approach, while descriptive words written in gray print highlight the feelings Lange had that caused her to stand apart from others as a sympathetic observer: "Different. Watchful. Curious." DuBois employs a muted palette, and the striking illustrations have a faded look that complements the setting and mood. End matter includes an author's note and reprints of several of Lange's photographs. VERDICT A solid introduction to one of America's most celebrated photographers. Myra Zarnowski, City University of New York
Word Count: 910
Reading Level: 3.3
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.3 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 181587 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.3 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q68800
Lexile: 580L

“An excellent beginner’s resource for biography, U.S. history, and women’s studies.” -- Kirkus Reviews

Here is the powerful and inspiring biography of Dorothea Lange, one of the founders of documentary photography.

After a childhood bout of polio left her with a limp, all Dorothea Lange wanted to do was disappear. But her desire not to be seen helped her learn how to blend into the background and observe. With a passion for the artistic life, and in spite of her family's disapproval, Lange pursued her dream to become a photographer and focused her lens on the previously unseen victims of the Great Depression. This poetic biography tells the emotional story of Lange's life and includes a gallery of her photographs, an author's note, a timeline, and a bibliography.

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