See if you can Name that Photographer from the following five clues:
1) She was born in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1895 to second-generation German immigrants.
2) She contracted polio when she was 7 years old, which left her with a permanent limp. She once said of her altered gait: “It formed me, guided me, instructed me, helped me and humiliated me. I’ve never gotten over it, and I am aware of the force and power of it.”
3) She lived most of her life in Berkeley, California.
4) She was very shy, yet independent and always interested in people.
5) She is best known for her documentary work of the Great Depression and Japanese internment camps like Manzanar, and she co-founded Aperture magazine.
Leave your guess in the comment box and check back tomorrow to see if you are correct.
Becky, My intelligence is falling short to answer this one! And I do not want cheat by searching through Wikipedia as I did last time.
D.L. We’ve had several exhibitions of her photos [at the museum where I work] in the past decade, so I know her history. One of the exhibitions included some lovely informal shots of her family (one with her first husband Maynard Dixon holding their infant son, was made into a print).
Her photo of the “destitute family in the pea field” (I won’t give away the title) is the one photograph almost everyone wants to see, though not many of them know the correct title.
Its too easy with wikipedia nowadays! I wont spoil it for anybody who can really guess it but I must say I didn’t know D.L., thanks for the discovery!
Would it be Dorothea Lange?