Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning: Her Lifetime in Photography by Elizabeth Partridge
(Chronicle Books, 2013, 192 pages)
Even if you don’t know the name Dorothea Lange, you know her work – specifically her piece “Migrant Mother” that captured an impoverished mother with her children in the mid 1930s. This book begins with a short biographical essay that provides a brief overview of Lange’s life. You get just enough information to have a feel for her as a photographer, but you’re also left wanting to learn more.
Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning presents 100 photographs that span Lange’s career as a photographer. I just learned that the book is meant to serve as a companion piece for a PBS American Masters episode about Lange that will air this fall. I enjoyed getting a feel for the range of Lange’s photographs and the essay only piqued my interest and has me eager to learn more about this woman. I already have Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits on my “to read” list. Whether you’re already a Lange fan or not, if you appreciate photography and its ties to history you’ll be interested in this book.