Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing
Best known for her work during the Great Depression of the 1930s, this exhibition celebrates Dorothea Lange’s photographic vision from her early studio portraiture and iconic ‘Migrant Mother’ to the post-Pearl Harbour internment of Japanese-Americans and changing face of the social and physical American landscape after WWII. A formidable character with a political purpose, Lange focused her lens on human suffering and hardship to critique issues of injustice, inequality, migration and displacement with a sense of urgency that is of immediate relevance to today’s political climate.
Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing is organized by the Oakland Museum of California. The European presentation has been produced in collaboration with Barbican Art Gallery, London and Jeu de Paume, Paris.
The exhibition is supported in part by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board and the Henry Luce Foundation.
Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936
© The Dorothea Lange Collection, the Oakland Museum of California
A portrait of Florence Owens Thompson and her children, taken in a pea pickers’ camp near Nipomo, California
The recipient of the prestigious Henri Cartier-Bresson prize in 2011, Vanessa Winship’s poetic gaze explores the fragile nature of our landscape and society, how memory leaves its mark on our collective and individual histories. Winship’s work captures the ‘transition between myth and the individual’, revealing deeply intimate photographs that often appear to avoid specific contexts or any immediate political significance. The exhibition brings together an outstanding selection of more than 150 photographs, many never been seen before in the UK.
From the series she dances on Jackson, 2011-2012 © Vanessa Winship