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Dorothea Lange’s Politics of Seeing

Fifty years ago, the Oakland Museum of California acquired the personal archives of Dorothea Lange, who spent much of her celebrated career documenting poverty, racism, xenophobia and homelessness in the state and beyond. On the anniversary of that gift, a new show at the museum presents more than 100 of her photographs along with unedited contact sheets and personal objects. On view until August 13, “Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing” focuses on her life and the work she made during Great Depression and World War II, documenting Dust Bowl migrants, the internment of Japanese Americans and the country’s response to the war at home, along with the boom years that followed. Included are some of her most iconic photographs along with lesser-seen works. Together, the show presents Lange’s life and work as an example of how a committed photographer can use images to fight injustice over the long term. Says OMCA Curator of Photography and Visual Culture Drew Johnson, “This exhibition will present Lange’s work through an activist’s lens in which she provoked social and political change through her powerful imagery.”

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