Lange was an influential American photographer/photojournalist, noted for her work for the "Farm Security Administration". Her photographs humanized the consequences of the 'Great Depression' while influencing the development of documentary photography.
Stricken with polio as a child, Lange was educated in photography in New York City, then informally apprenticed to New York photography studios. In 1918, she moved to San Francisco, opening a portrait studio and in 1920, married western painter Maynard Dixon.
With the onset of the Great Depression, Lange focused her camera lens on unemployed and homeless people, capturing the attention of local photographers and leading to her employment with the federal FSA.
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