Oral history interview with Dorothea Lange

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.lange64
Creators:
Lange, Dorothea
Doud, Richard Keith
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project
Dates:
1964 May 22
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
23 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Dorothea Lange conducted 1964 May 22, by Richard Doud, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
Lange speaks of her decision of photography as a career; working in commercial photography; the development of her individual style; the organization of the Farm Security Administration and her association with it; camaraderie among the FSA staff; Roy Stryker's influence and guidance and political abilities; the subjects of photographs and their reactions to being photographed; the people she encountered and her feelings about them, including migratory workers and Dust Bowl farmers; opinions of her colleagues; what made the FSA a success; trends in the field of photography and photojournalism and its future.
Scope and Contents
She recalls Walker Evans, Arthur Rothstein, John Vachon and Paul Vanderbilt.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Dorothea Lange (1895-1965) was a photographer in California. Lange worked on FSA photograph project during the Depression.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This interview conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.

General
General
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 51 min.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Documentary photography -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographers -- California -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women artists Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
New Deal art Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Evans, Walker, 1903-1975 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rothstein, Arthur, 1915-1985 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stryker, Roy Emerson, 1893-1975 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Vachon, John, 1914-1975 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Vanderbilt, Paul Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States. Farm Security Administration.Historical Section.Photographs Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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