Borrowed: Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother

Migrant Mother

One of the five less famous photographs of Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother” series, taken of Florence Owens Thompson and her children in 1936.

When I first started in photography in the early 1990s, I was most interested in landscape photography. Lately, though, I’ve realized that I am primarily interested in people as the subject. The more famous of the photos in this series is an icon of American photography, and captures the essence of what attracts me to people and portrait photography—the hint that there is a deeper story behind what we see in front of us.

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