Dorothea Lange 's Portrait Of Beauty And Creativity

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Although art is often characterized as works of beauty and creativity, Dorothea Lange proved that her art is authenticity as she depicted the Great Depression of the 30s and the Japanese Internment of the 40s without filters; moreover, Lange 's photographs embodies the failure of the American ideal in periods of poverty, dejection and discrimination. Lange 's family inspired her later career in photography by exposing her to endless possibilities of creativity. After studying at Columbia University, Lange boldly decided to become a photographer although she knows nothing about photography. Lange said in an interview: "I had never owned a camera, but I just knew that was what I wanted to do" (Oral). She supported her dream with economically plausible means, that is, working in several portrait studios. Using photography as a business rather than artistic expression, Lange started a portrait studio in San Francisco. As the Great Depression strikes America in the 1930s, one quarter of all workers lost their jobs. Americans increasingly loose hope in their government for not providing relief or recovery. Lange took her camera to the streets and took her first photograph of the Great Depression era- The White Angel Breadline. Amy Pastan, a prominent writer of photographs stated that the White Angel Breadline is a "disturbing but beautiful image that would come to represent the face of the Great Depression" (pastan). This picture peaks into a scene at the door of a kitchen

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