n, a face marked with wrinkles and a distant gaze seemingly full of worries; to the right and left are her children leaning against her shoulders while a baby sleeping on her lap, seemed to portray vulnerable people seeking protection amidst struggle and hopelessness. This highly concentrated, tightly composed image has been one of the most famous and most frequently published photograph of the FSA project and made Lange an eminent documentary photographer of her time (“Dorothea Lange”).
Her work poignantly captured the depths of the Great Depression era by asserting the challenges of rural poverty through photographs and doing reports on the plights of poor farmers and migrant workers. Being a social realism photographer of the early 20th century, Lange once reflected “No country has ever closely scrutinized itself visually...I know what we could make of it if people only thought we could dare to look at ourselves” (qtd. in