Despite her prolific travels, Lange was a childhood polio survivor and walked with a limp
Her interest in social issues began before she ever worked for the U.S. government
Her best-known work is near-universally misunderstood and almost went in the trash
She was the first woman to be awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for Photography—and she gave it up
Dorothea Lange, San Francisco, Calif., April 1942 - Children of the Weill public school, from the so-called international settlement, shown in a flag pledge ceremony. Some of them are evacuees of Japanese ancestry who will be housed in War relocation authority centers for the duration, 1942. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.
She was instrumental in organizing MoMA’s famous “Family of Man” exhibition
Dorothea Lange, Here are the farmers who have bought machinery cooperatively. Photographed just before they go to dinner on the Miller farm where they are working. West Carlton, Yamhill County, Oregon, 1939. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.