The making of a masterpiece. The Migrant Mother.

The story of how Dorothea Lange created perhaps the most iconic photograph in American history.

Also see this NYT article:

Dorothea Lange’s 1936 portrait of Florence Owens Thompson and her daughters is so well-known that finding anything new to say about it seems futile. Yet as with the Mona Lisa — to which the “Migrant Mother” photo has been compared — the image retains an air of mystery.

But “Dorothea Lange: Migrant Mother,” a new book from the Museum of Modern Art, offers fresh insights as it weaves a compelling tale about some little-explored details. Written by Sarah Meister, a photography curator at MoMA, the book comes out at a time when faces of desperately poor people in migrant caravans dominate the news.

“I thought, could there possibly be anything new to say about this picture?” Ms. Meister said. “But Lange is so important. I find her politics so admirable. Her sense of commitment and her ability to distill very important and complex arguments into imagery that made those arguments seem absolutely impossible to ignore. It feels particularly timely.”

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