Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning August 28, 2014 – Posted in: Content, Photography – Tags: , , ,

Dorothea Lange, 1964Dorothea Lange in her Bay Area home studio, 1964. Photo: ©1964, 2014 Rondal Partridge Archives

The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera – Dorothea Lange

Next up for the groundbreaking PBS series American Masters is a profile of photographer Dorothea Lange. Titled Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning the documentary “explores the life, passions and uncompromising vision of the influential photographer,” whose “enduring images document five turbulent decades of American history, including the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl and World War II Japanese American internment camps.”

dortheaLange migrant mother

Her iconic photo “Migrant Mother” is one of the more well known images of the Great Depression and is a seminal image in American photographic history.

Who better to assist with the film than the Peabody- and five-time Emmy award-winning cinematographer Dyanna Taylor, who also happens to be the granddaughter of Lange. Taylor teams up with writer/social scientist Paul Schuster Taylor to direct and narrate this intimate  documentary.

dorthea-lange american masters companion book

Chronicle Books has published a companion book, Dorothea Lange – Grab a Hunk of Lightning: Her Lifetime in Photography by Elizabeth Partridge, that is the “only career-spanning monograph of this major photographer’s oeuvre in print, and features images ranging from her iconic Depression-era photograph “Migrant Mother” to lesser-known images from her global travels later in life.

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Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning premiers nationwide Friday, August 29, 9-11 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)




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