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Auction: Photographs
was auctioned on: 2 October 2012
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Dorothea Lange

Estimate: US$25,000 - US$35,000
Price realised:  US$52,500
Lot number 152, Views: 50

Dorothea Lange Argument in a Trailer Court, Richmond, California 1944 Gelatin silver print, on an exhibition flush-mount, printed no later than 1952. 10 x 12 3/8 in. (25.4 x 31.4 cm)
Provenance From the Collection of John Dixon the artist's son Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York Exhibited Diogenes with a Camera II, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1952 Literature Aperture, Dorothea Lange Photographs of a Lifetime, p. 129 Borhan, Dorothea Lange The Heart and Mind of a Photographer, p. 179 Davis, The Photographs of Dorothea Lange p. 87 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art/Chronicle Books, Dorothea Lange American Photographs, back cover and pl. 98 Catalogue Essay Following a successful career as a studio portrait photographer during the 1920s in San Francisco, Dorothea Lange turned her lens to the streets, forsaken towns and dirt roads in America to capture the crippling effects of the Depression. Her images from the 1930s, including those produced for the Farm Securities Administration (FSA), provided Americans with a candid and unabated overview of the Depression’s effects. The works’ powerful impact rippled across America, and in 1941 Lange was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship for her outstanding contributions to photography. During the 1940s Dorothea Lange shifted her focus away from a didactic interpretation of the Depression, by then in its waning stages, to broader social and political nuances. Among her projects was a joint assignment from Fortune magazine, together with Ansel Adams to document for twenty-four hours the lives of shipyard workers in Richmond, an industrial town near the San Francisco Bay. The project was meant to highlight the swelling population in the region following the increase in demand for freighters during World War II. Homer Page a friend of Lange’s who had accompanied her on the assignment, recalls the circumstances surrounding Argument In Trailer Court: “They were husband and wife, uprooted from Oklahoma, wandering a thousand miles from home to enter a radically different kind of life, and driven apart by the pressures of long and conflicting hours. Their inner relationship is revealed at once in that single shot. It’s the space between them that counts.” Indeed, while Adams’s interest lay in capturing sweeping panoramas of the town, Lange’s interest lay in the intimate moments shared by its denizens. Read More

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Phillips
Title: Photographs
Date of the auction: 2 Oct 2012
Address: Phillips
New York