Dorothea Lange | Migrant Mother | 1936
On assignment for the Resettlement Administration, Dorothea Lange was tasked to capture the plight of those most affected by the Great Depression in 1936.
Lang tightly framed 32-year-old Thompson and her young children drawing the viewer into the pain and exhausting etched on her face which appears aged beyond her years.
Upon her return, Lange’s, now famous photograph, became the most iconic image of the 160,000 taken to document this desperate time. The government acted upon seeing the suffering and sent 20,000 pounds of food.