Migratory Cotton Picker, Eloy, Arizona

Dorothea Lange
Boca Raton Museum of Art

Lange worked part-time in the portrait studio of Arnold Genthe before studying with Clarence White at Columbia University. She moved to California, meeting Imogen Cunningham and opened her own portrait studio. She is best known for her photography taken for the US Farm Security Administration (FSA) from 1935-1939, documenting poor conditions of the migrant farm workers who traveled in large numbers to Arizona and California fleeing the Dust Bowl, the lengthy drought which devastated millions of acres of farmland in Midwestern states during the Great Depression of the late 1920s and 1930s. 

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Dorothea Lang's Migratory Cotton Picker, Eloy, Arizona

Dorothea Lange, Migratory Cotton Picker, Eloy, Arizona, 1940, Gelatin Silver Print. Acquired in 2007; Bequest of Isadore and Kelly Friedman.