Happy Birthday to Dorothea Lange

Two Children of the Mochida Family, with Their Parents, Awaiting Evacuation Bus

Born 26 May 1895, Dorothea Lange made a mark for herself in American photography through a 1930s New Deal program that sent her around the country documenting the United States during the great depression. You may know her most recognized work, Migrant Mother:

Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children. Age thirty-two. Nipomo, California (LOC)Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California

Toward Los Angeles, California (LOC)

Children Living in a Camp Between Weedpatch and Lamont, Kern County, California

Happy Birthday, Dorothea! Thanks for the iconic photography, never forgetting what your subjects longed to be and always capturing their dignity.

Photos from the U.S. National Archives, Library of Congress, and George Eastman House. Thanks to nina kuriloff in the Flickr Commons group for the tip!