Politics of Seeing

Migrant Mother. Dorothea Lange.  Barbican Centre. 

I attended the Dorothea Lange exhibition at the Barbican Centre today and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I studied Dorothea Lange as part of my photography course and was excited to see her work close up.

The exhibition contains a superb body of work and completely relevant for today’s world. Even though the subjects were captured from the 30’s onwards, the stories, emotions and essays about life are very relevant and topical.

I knew of Dorothea’s work about the Great American Dustbowl and the Depression but was shocked and moved by the photos of the Japanese camps which were shot when Japan invaded Pearl Harbour. This is a part of American history I didn’t know about.

There were lots of fascinating photographs and of course Migrant Mother (in edited and original form). Such a remarkable portrait.

Astounding that the photos are of varying quality and focus etc but this just adds to the intrigue.

If you’re a fan of photography and are in London, do go and see this excellent exhibition.

Ashamedly the exhibition does feature a whole other artist but sadly they didn’t leave the same impression as Lange!


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