American Masters

The Dust Bowl: Documenting the First Migrants to California

Clip: Season 28 Episode 7 | 2m 41s

Photographer Dorothea Lange and her husband were the first to witness and to understand the causes of the huge migration to California in the 1930s: families were escaping the Dust Bowl. In this excerpt, Lange describes photographing the first car arriving in California. American Masters — Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning premieres nationwide Friday, August 29, 9-11 pm on PBS.

Aired: 08/29/14

Rating: NR

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