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Analyzing Dorothea Lange's 'Migrant Mother'

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Two of my favorite works is the “Migrant Mother”, by Dorothea Lange taken in 1936 and Arthur Sasse’s “Einstein with his tongue out.” Both pictures are portraits and vividly express the emotions the people where feeling. The migrant mother and Einstein give off two completely different moods. One represents loss, survival and hope, while the other gives off a wise, goofy, contentment life. The migrant mother was taken during the great depression. The picture is of a mother with her two children. The photograph is black and white, reminisce of the time. The mother is not looking at the camera, she is staring off into the distant. The look on her face is one of longing, and hopefully. In the picture, you can tell the years have not been kind to her, her two children look young yet she looks as …show more content…

Her children are clinging to her but they do not face the camera, they have their back to the camera. The photo is a very powerful one. It shows that the woman has gone through hardship in order to provide for her family but she is not defeated. The photo’s main focus is on the woman’s face. Your eye is immediately drawn to it. In the background, they look like they are under some sort of tarp that give them shelter. Their clothes look like they are run down. The one child on the right has two holes in his or her shirt which indicate that they do not have a lot. The mother is in very plane clothes. The cuff of her sleeve seems to be frayed. Both the children’s hair seems to be messy and the mother hair is very plant. She seems to have it back in a bun or some type of braid. The second work that I like is of Einstein. He is an older man in this photo. When I look at this photo, I am automatically drawn to face. His face screams all sorts of emotion when I look at it. The first one being goofy. His face is very warm, welcoming and silly. There is a contentment about the

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