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Dorothea Lange

  • While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.

    • Dorothea Lange,
    • in Nathan Lyons, ed., Photographers on Photography ()
  • Ours is a time of the machine, and ours is a need to know that the machine can be put to creative human effort. If not, the machine can destroy us.

    • Dorothea Lange,
    • in Nathan Lyons, ed., Photographers on Photography ()
  • The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.

    • Dorothea Lange,
    • in The Los Angeles Times ()
  • We know by now how to photograph poor people. What we don't know is how to photograph affluence — whose other face is poverty.

    • Dorothea Lange,
    • in Milton Meltzer, Dorothea Lange: A Photographer's Life ()
  • How fast it comes ...

    • Dorothea Lange,
    • last words, in Milton Meltzer, Dorothea Lange: A Photographer's Life ()
  • ... it came to me that what I had to do was to take pictures and concentrate upon people, only people, all kinds of people, people who paid me and people who didn't.

    • Dorothea Lange,
    • in Milton Meltzer, Dorothea Lange: Life Through the Camera ()
  • ... go in over your head, not just up to your neck.

  • The visual life is an enormous undertaking, practically unattainable. ... I have only touched it with this wonderful democratic instrument, the camera ...

    • Dorothea Lange,
    • 1964 KQED interview, in Linda Gordon, A Life Beyond Limits ()
  • A portrait is a lesson on how one human being should approach another.

    • Dorothea Lange,
    • 1965 KQED interview, in Linda Gordon, A Life Beyond Limits ()

Dorothea Lange, U.S. photographer

(1895 - 1965)

Born: Dorothea Margaretta Nutzhorn.