As we live through what’s been called “the Great Recession,” it is, of course, the Great Depression of the 1930s that we look to, compare with and fear repeating. Some of our understanding of that period, our public memory of what life was like comes through photographs…of the jobless, the daily struggles of the downtrodden.
Some photographs, like “Migrant Mother,” have become iconic images, part of our shared history. It and many other photos were taken by a woman who is herself the subject of a new biography: “Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits.” Its author is Linda Gordon, professor of history at New York University.
Editor’s note: Read the transcipt here, and you can see more of Lange’s photographs by going to this slide show. Over at Oregon Public Broadcasting, watch ‘Think Out Loud’s’ episode about the time Dorothea Lange spent with families in the Pacific Northwest.