Dorothea Lange

The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression

Before she raised her lens to take her most iconic photo, Dorothea Lange took photos of the downtrodden from bankers in once-fine suits waiting in breadlines, to former slaves, to the homeless sleeping on sidewalks. A case of polio had left her with a limp and sympathetic to those less fortunate. Traveling across the United States, documenting with her camera and her fieldbook those most affected by the stock market crash, she found the face of the Great Depression. In this picture book biography, Carole Boston Weatherford with her lyrical prose captures the spirit of the influential photographer.

  • 32 Pages
  • 8" x 10"
  • 9780807516997
  • February 2017

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  • Weatherford never talks down to her audience…using figurative language and rich vocabulary to tell her story…Green’s debut as a picture-book illustrator is brilliant…A fine introduction to an important American artist.

    - Kirkus Reviews starred review

  • Weatherford writes eloquently of Lange’s creative drive and compassion…Lange was not only an artist driven to make art but an activist whose images generated awareness of suffering and injustice.

    - Publishers Weekly

  • A well-researched and inviting introduction to a woman whose important, compassionate art captured the nation’s attention.

    - Booklist


Common Core

L.4.3,3a,4,4a,5,5a,5b,6 RF.4.3,3a,4,4a,4b,4c RI.4.1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10 SL.4.1,1c,1d,2,3,4 W.4.4,7,8,9,9a,9b,10

Activities & Resources


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.5
  • ATOS Level: 5.4