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Iconic American photographer Dorothea Lange to get first UK exhibition at Barbican

Dorothea Lange, Migratory Cotton Picker, Eloy, Arizona, 1940

The first ever UK retrospective of iconic photographer Dorothea Lange will take place this at the Barbican this summer.

Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing will open at the Barbican Art Gallery in June as part of The Art of Change, a major season of events exploring bold artistic responses to major global issues.

Dorothea Lange, White Angel Breadline, San Francisco, 1933

Dorothea Lange, Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California, July 3, 1942

Lange, one of the most influential female photographers of the 20th century, is known for her work documenting the devastating impact of the Great Depression on American society. Her Migrant Mother image is one of the most recognisable images ever photographed.

The exhibition will explore her vast body of work, from early portraits of the San Francisco bourgeoisie to rarely seen photographs of the internment of Japanese-Americans during the Second World War.

Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936

Dorothea Lange in Texas on the Plains, ca. 1935

Lange used her camera as a political tool to document social injustice in both urban and rural contexts, focusing on hardship and suffering to evoke compassion in the viewer. She died in 1965.

Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing will run from June 22 – September 2 at the Barbican Art Gallery; barbican.org.uk

Posted in: News on January 9, 2018 by...