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Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning 

When: Tue., Aug. 26, 6 p.m. 2014
Price: free
In conjuring images of the Great Depression, most people will, even without knowing, bring to mind the photographs of longtime Bay Area resident Dorothea Lange. Her insightful photos (including the iconic portrait, Migrant Mother, which was captured during her tenure with the Farm Security Administration) were freely distributed to newspapers, drawing attention to starving sharecroppers and shaping the future of photojournalism. Unflinchingly human and deeply moral, Lange’s work sought truth without stripping her subjects of dignity and, in 1941, she was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship, which she promptly gave up in order to chronicle the internment of Japanese-Americans after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Directed by Lange’s granddaughter, award-winning winning cinematographer Dyanna Taylor, Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning is a long-overdue and candid labor of love for PBS’ American Masters series that reveals the fascinating woman behind the lens. A sneak peek of this documentary will be presented along with discussion between Taylor and Lange’s goddaughter Elizabeth Partridge, author of a stunning companion monograph which spans Lange’s entire career.
— Silke Tudor


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