1964 Oral history interview with Dorothea Lange: Smithsonian Institution

Subject: Dorothea Lange, Farm Security Administration, Smithsonian archives, Depression, Dust Bowl
Themes: The Arts 20th Century Journalism and Media
Age groups: Middle School
Resource type: Articles

In 1964, one year before her death, Dorothea Lange was interviewed by Richard K. Doud for the Archives of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution. Lange speaks of her decision to make photography her career; working in commercial photography; the development of her individual style; the organization of the Farm Security Administration and her association with it; camaraderie among the FSA staff; Roy Stryker's influence and guidance and political abilities; the subjects of photographs and their reactions to being photographed; the people she encountered and her feelings about them, including migratory workers and Dust Bowl farmers; opinions of her colleagues; what made the FSA a success; trends in the field of photography and photojournalism and its future.

Also available for a fee as an audio disc, the transcript is free.