Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Dorothea Lange

Every time I see an "out of business" sign, a boarded store or a beggar on the street in these tough times... I am reminded of Dorothea Lange and of her Depression-era pictures for the FSA.

But more closer to my heart, and to my mind these past few days are the striking images she made for the War Relocation Authority (WRA) on the forced evacuation of Japanese Americans to Relocation camps. These pictures were censored and impounded by the government, then were quietly deposited in the National Archives where they were forgotten for more than half the century.

Powerful and insightful, these photographs are a testament to her skills and talent as a photographer and her sensitivity as a Photojournalist. As a collection, they document the atrocities of a war-torn society, as well as bare witness to the injustices and hardships suffered by the immigrant populations of this country.
"Impounded: Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of the Japanese American Internment" -- A book with about 100 never before published photos from her 800 picture archive, is available in

--Photos by Dorothea Lange

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