Film, Video A Picture of Humanity
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- A Picture of Humanity
- Contributor Names
- Brannan, Beverly (Curator)
- Subject Headings
- - Lange, Dorothea
- - Great Depression
- - Motion Pictures
- Motion Pictures
- - The photograph popularly known as "Migrant Mother" has become an icon of the Great Depression. The compelling image of a mother and her children is actually one of a series of photographs that Dorothea Lange made in February or March 1936 in Nipomo, California. Seeing the photograph in the context of related images, understanding the purpose for which it was made, and knowing something of the photographer's and subject's views of the occasion amplify our perspectives on the image, and, at the same time, suggest that no single meaning can be assigned to it. Lange made the photographs toward the end of a month's trip photographing migratory farm labor for what was then the Resettlement Administration, later to become the Farm Security Administration. Her work was part of the Administration's larger effort to document economic and social distress among the nation's agricultural workers and to advertise the agency's relief programs and the measures it was taking to address the underlying causes of the dislocation.
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Chicago citation style:
Brannan, Beverly. A Picture of Humanity. Video. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/myloc17/.
APA citation style:
Brannan, B. A Picture of Humanity. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/myloc17/.
MLA citation style:
Brannan, Beverly. A Picture of Humanity. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/myloc17/>.