RESTLESS SPIRIT: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange by Elizabeth Partridge

RESTLESS SPIRIT: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A fascinating biography of the world-famous photographer, written by the daughter of Lange's assistant in the 1930s. Born Dorothea Margaretta Nutzhorn in 1895 in New Jersey, she was stricken with polio at age seven, and later spoke of it as ""the most important thing that happened to me. It formed me, guided me, instructed me, helped me, and humiliated me."" Taking her mother's maiden name when she began her professional photography career, Lange went from portraits to documenting the ""disastrous human consequences"" of the Great Depression. ""I had to get my camera to register things that were more important than how poor they were--their pride, their strength, their spirit,"" she wrote about photographing migrant workers in California. She also photographed sharecroppers in the South and Japanese-American internment camps during WWII. Lange's life has been well-documented, but Partridge's conversational tone and intimate details of the Lange household will draw readers in. She also makes vivid Lange's lasting contributions; her photographs--many of which have been reproduced in these pages--captured some of the darkest episodes in American history and continue to touch all who ponder them.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0142300241
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Viking