Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits

Author(s): Linda Gordon

Biography & Memoir

Dorothea Lange's photographs define how the American Depression is remembered; this evocative biography defines her creative struggles and enduring legacy. We all know Dorothea Lange's iconic photographs but few know the arc of her extraordinary life. In this sweeping account, Linda Gordon charts Lange's journey from polio-ridden child to wife and mother, from San Francisco portrait photographer to chronicler of the Great Depression and Second World War. Gordon uses Lange's life to anchor a social history of twentieth-century America, re-creating the bohemian world of San Francisco, the Dust Bowl and the Japanese-American internment camps. She explores Lange's radicalisation as she embraced the democratic power of the camera and she examines Lange's body of work. Lange reminds us that beauty can be found in unlikely places and that to respond to injustice, we must first learn how to see it.


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"The lushly illustrated book traces Lange's journey from being a disabled child abandoned by her father to a polemical portrait photographer." The Sunday Telegraph "Ms Gordon's elegant biography is testament to Ms Lange's gift for challenging her country to open its eyes." International Herald Tribune "Gordon's biography is meticulously researched and pays particular and illuminating attention to her formative years..." The Observer "A richly human portrait of the eminent photographer whose luminous Depression-era images had the democratizing impact of a Steinbeck novel." Vogue "Linda Gordon has striven mightily to project Lange to a wider audience." Literary Review "Linda Gordon's magisterial biography succeeds in imagining what such a life could be." Elaine Showalter, The Times Literary Supplement "...Linda Gordon's mesmerising portrait of the photographer seems to highlight Lange's drive and sensitivity as a microcosm of society at the time...A riveting biography." Amateur Photographer "It makes great reading-and Linda Gordon's thorough research and easy writing style do much to engage." Black & White Photography

Linda Gordon is the Florence Kelley Professor of History at New York University and the author of Impounded (ISBN 978 0 393 33090 8), a "measured, intelligent introduction to a time that is all too possible to imagine recurring" (The Sunday Times).

General Fields

  • : 9780393339055
  • : WW Norton & Co
  • : WW Norton & Co
  • : October 2010
  • : 235mm X 156mm X 33mm
  • : United States
  • : December 2010
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Linda Gordon
  • : Paperback
  • : 770.92
  • : 560
  • : 128 photographs