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Gallery: Dorothea Lange’s Harrowing Depression-Era Photography

We heard yesterday that David Fincher, who most recently received Best Director nominations for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Social Network (and who is currently wrapping up The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), is set to produce a biopic about the amazing Depression-era photographer Dorothea Lange. Lange’s work put a human face on the Depression and its effects, and has been extremely influential on documentary photography as a whole. Her photographs are also said to have been a large impact on John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, which is no mean feat. The as-yet untitled film will recount her life, including her early struggles with polio, and her profound work in the most desperate of times. Needless to say, we’re pretty excited, and to celebrate we’ve collected some of the most affecting (to our eyes) Lange prints for your perusal. Click through to see our favorites, and let us know if we’ve missed any of yours in the comments!

“Destitute pea pickers living in tent in migrant camp. Mother of seven children. Age thirty-two.” Nipomo, California. February 1936.

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