Women in the the Visual Arts and Literature

Dorthea Lange

37-cent Ditched, Stalled, and Stranded stamp
The 37-cent Dorthea Lange stamp was issued June 13, 2002.

Dorthea Lange (1895-1965) was a documentary photographer that took photographs of impoverished people during the Great Depression. In order to increase public sympathy for those most affected by the depression, in 1935 the Farm Security Administration hired Lange to take photos of migrant workers and out of work farmers. This commission resulted in one of her most famous works, the "Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California," that depicted a migrant mother with her two children.