Dorothea Lange, one of my favorite photographers, is famous for several iconic images, “Migrant Mother”, California, 1936, being one of the most famous.
The U.S. Government sent out several photographers to create images that would be used to raise funds for Farm Security Administration to assist farm workers and their families who had been displaced by the Great Depression.
Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams are two of the best known photographers involved in this project. Lange spent part of her time in Oregon as part of the project.
As always, Lange brings to her images an artistic eye and a keen sensitivity to her subjects.
Lange kept field notes on her images. For this photo of a farm boy picking hops she wrote: ““Migratory boy, aged eleven, and his grandmother work side by side picking hops. Started work at five a.m. Photograph made at noon. Temperature 105 degrees. Oregon, Polk County, near Independence.”