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Auction: Epreuves Choisies - Photographies Anciennes
was auctioned on: 30 April 2011
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DOROTHEA LANGE (1895-1965)

Estimate: €8,000 - €9,000
ca. US$11,553 - US$12,997
Price realised:  €24,000
ca. US$34,660
Lot number 80, Views: 26

Migrant Mother, variante, 1936 Berkeley, années 1950 Épreuve d'exposition tirée par l'artiste dans sa chambre noire, 285x360 mm, tamponnée Migrant Mother, variation with two children, 1936 Printed by the artist in Berkeley in the 1950's Vintage gelatin silver exhibition print, 285x360 mm, mounted on white card, artist wetstamp verso This version of "Migrant Mother" is just as powerful as the iconic one. DOROTHEA LANGE My father took me once to the exciting Washington of Franklin Roosevelt, in the early 1930's. It wasn't until I became Picture Editor of Ladies' Home Journal that I met Roy Stryker, who had built the Farm Security Administration (FSA) photo project as part of Roosevelt's "New Deal." As the postwar picture consultant to Standard Oil of New Jersey, Roy was still a catalyst for socially concerned photography. Through him I met Russell Lee and Arthur Rothstein and Gordon Parks and, at the Aspen Photography Conference, Dorothea Lange Not to mention such young Stryker disciples as Esther Bubley Todd Webb and Sol Libsohn It was Stryker to whom I sent the hungry young Elliott Erwitt who clung to Stryker for almost a year. Dorothea Lange was already well-known for her works for the FSA when we met at the 1951 Aspen Photo Conference. She told me that she would love to photograph a family for the Ladies' Home Journal's How America Lives series-if only she had the strength. She never did. We became good friends. I visited her several times at her Euclid Avenue house in Berkeley. She came to visit me and my wife Midge in Armonk. She was proud to be named a Magnum Contributing Photographer. When I left the Washington Post in 1965 she and Edward Steichen tried to persuade the Ford Foundation to let me start a National Photographic Archive modeled somewhat on FSA. They were unsuccessful.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Binoche et Giquell
Title: Epreuves Choisies - Photographies Anciennes
Date of the auction: 30 Apr 2011
Address: Binoche et Giquell
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