Dorothea Lange Time Line


1. May 25, 1895- Dorothea was born in Hoboken, New Jersey to Henry Martin Nutzhorn & Joan Lange Nutzhorn.

2. 1902- Dorothea is stricken with Polio.

3. 1907- Her father abandoned their family. She never saw him again.

4. 1907- Her mother finds a job in New York. Dorothea, her brother, and mom go to live with Joan's mother Sophie.

5. June 1913- Graduates from Wadleigh High School in Harlem

6. Attends New York Training School for Teachers

7. Receives her first job with the famous photographer Arnold Genthe.

8. 1916- Photographed the Brokaw family and launched her career as a portrait photographer.

9. Takes a course in photography at Columbia State and builds a darkroom out of a chicken coop behind her home.

10. January 1918- Dorothea and her friend Fronsie Ahlstrom move to San Francisco

11. Opens her own portrait studio.

12. March 21 1920- Dorothea marries Maynard Dixon a western wilderness painter.

13. Summer 1923- Dorthea and Maynard take a trip to the Navajo and Hopi lands. She takes the famous picture Hopi Indian.

14. 1925- Her son Daniel Rhoades was born.

15. 1929- Her son John Eaglefeather was born.

16. She takes the photo Mother's Day Daisies.

17. Summer 1929- She takes the Mexican American photo. She has a spiritual awakening that all she needed to do was take pictures of people.

18. Fall 1929- The stock market crashed and the Great Depression hit.

19. Dorothea, Maynard, and her two sons move to Taos, New Mexico to live with a group of artists.

20. Dorothea and Maynard send their two sons to boarding school.

21. 1933- Dorothea takes the picture White Angel Breadline.

22. Willard Van Dyke exhibits Dorothea's photographs in his studio in Oakland, California. Dorthea meets Paul Taylor an economics professor. They begin to collaborate his writing and her photographs.

23. Dorthea and Paul's reports help start a government project called the Farm Security Administration (FSA).

24. October 1935- Dorothea and Maynard divorce.

25. December 1935- Dorthea marries Paul Taylor.

26. March 1936- Dorothea takes the photo Migrant Mother in Nipomo California.

27. May 1936- Dorthea and Paul's supervisor Roy Stryker asks them to do a government project to find jobs for those who had become unempolyed in New York City.

28. 1936- Dorothea takes the photo Hoe Culture near Anniston, Alabama.

29. 1937- Dorothea takes the photo Ex-Slave with Long Memory in Alabama.

30. 1938- Dorothea takes the photo Six Tenant Farmers Without Farms in Hardaman County, Texas.

31. 1938- Dorothea takes the photo Family on the Road in Oklahoma.

32. 1938- Dorothea takes the photo Woman of the High Plains in the Texas Panhandle.

33. 1940- America prepares for World War II.

34. 1940- Dorothea and Paul move from San Francisco to Berkeley.

35. Early 1940's- Lange is hired by the War Relocation Authority (WRA) to photograph migration of Japanese-American to their camps.

36. April/July 1942- Lange travels with teh Japanese-Americans to their camps.

37. 1942- Dorothea takes the photo One Nation Indivisible in San Francisco.

38. 1942 to 1957- Dorothea travels with her son Daniel who has become a writer.

39. 1953- Dorothea takes the photo Gunlock in Utah.

40. 1957- Dorothea takes the photo Leslie Dixon Reading at Steep Ravine.

41. 1958 to 1962- Dorthea and Paul travel to Asia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Egypt.

42. 1958- Dorothea takes the photo Children in Korea.

43. 1958- Dorothea takes the photo Two Women in Nepal.

44. 1959- Dorothea takes the photo Andrew in Berekely.

45. Dorothea has exhibitions in Boston and Europe.

46. August 1965- Dorothea is diagnosed with cancer.

47. Dorothea completes her pictures for the book The American Country Woman.

48. Dorothea works on two films for the National Educational Television and Radio Center.

49. October 11, 1965- Dorthea dies of cancer at age 70.

50. January 1966- Her photos are exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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