See Dyanna Taylor at work on the film Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning, which she directed, produced, wrote and narrated. Taylor is the granddaughter of photographer Dorothea Lange and writer/social scientist Paul Schuster Taylor, and a Peabody- and five-time Emmy award-winning cinematographer.
Life Summary Best known for her iconic photograph Migrant Mother, photographer Dorothea Lange (1895-1965) had a career that spanned more than four decades. In 1919 at the age of 23 she daringly opened a portrait studio in San Francisco. Meeting her husband, the painter Maynard Dixon, who was 20 years her senior, exposed her to the […]
The years 1946 to 1964 define the post-war baby boomer generation, when the United States saw a spike in its birth rate. The American economy flourished and supported larger families, advances in technology made it easier to share ideas and culture, and space exploration took off. But the boomers’ era was also marked by great […]
By Nancy Buirski Artistic Inspiration American Masters — Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun illuminates the exceptional qualities of “Tanny” in life and in dance. It portrays her artistic triumph and her personal tragedy. Through her own words and through the people who knew and loved her, our film captures her love of dance, […]
Born in Paris, Tanaquil Le Clercq (1929 – 2000) was the daughter of a French intellectual and a society matron from St. Louis, MO. When Tanny was three, they moved to New York where her father Jacques Le Clercq taught romance languages. Tanny began ballet training in New York at age five, studying with Mikhail […]
American Masters is proud to feature George Plimpton in its second series of vintage trading cards (see Billie Jean King for the first). Writer and journalist George Plimpton (1927-2003) lived many adventures, pushing the boundaries of his life, which could have likely hovered at a desk, fed only by imagination. Whether in sports, entertainment or […]
This timeline of key moments in environmental history and the environmental movement is adapted from Tom Turner’s chronology for American Earth, an anthology edited by Bill McKibben. The timeline includes important early writing, the first conservation groups, disasters, legislation, community and non-profit activism, and more. Early Environmental Writing and Advocacy Seminal works that serve as milestones […]