Daring to Look

Daring to Look

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Daring to Look presents never-before-published photos and captions from Dorothea Langea€™s fieldwork in California, the Pacific Northwest, and North Carolina during 1939. Langea€™s images of squatter camps, benighted farmers, and stark landscapes are stunning, and her captionsa€”which range from simple explanations of settings to historical notes and biographical sketchesa€”add unexpected depth, bringing her subjects and their struggles unforgettably to life, often in their own words. When Lange was dismissed from the Farm Security Administration at the end of 1939, these photos and field notes were consigned to archives, where they languished, rarely seen. With Daring to Look, Anne Whiston Spirn not only returns them to the public eye, but sets them in the context of Langea€™s pioneering life, work, and struggle for critical recognitiona€”firmly placing Lange in her rightful position at the forefront of American photography. a€œA thoughtful and meticulously researched account of Langea€™s career. . . . Spirn, a photographer herself, traces Langea€™s path, visiting her locations and subjects in a fascinating series of a€˜then and nowa€™ shots.a€a€”Publishers Weekly a€œDorothea Lange has long been regarded as one of the most brilliant photographic witnesses we have ever had to the peoples and landscapes of America, but until now no one has fully appreciated the richness with which she wove images together with words to convey her insights about this nation. We are lucky indeed that Anne Whiston Spirn, herself a gifted photographer and writer, has now recovered Langea€™s field notes and woven them into a rich tapestry of texts and images to help us reflect anew on Langea€™s extraordinary body of work.a€a€”William Cronon, author of Naturea€™s Metropolis81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94. ... townships, each town- 2 ship six miles on a side, each further divided into thirty-six sections of one square mile ( 640 acres). ... Bob Evans, Traces of the Trails: A Guide to Historic Trails and Wagon Road Sites on Public Lands in Eastem Oregon ... Men (New York: Pantheon, 1989); Bill Ganzel, Dust Bowl Descent (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1984).

Title:Daring to Look
Author:Anne Whiston Spirn, Dorothea Lange
Publisher:University Of Chicago Press - 2009-09-01


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