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Destitute pea pickers in California.

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Old 07-31-2009, 05:14 PM
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Destitute pea pickers in California.

Found this ages ago at the Library of Congress site.
Mother of seven children. Age thirty-two and destitute, powerful picture.
We think we're hard done by today.

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Small cropped original attached below

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Old 07-31-2009, 10:29 PM
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Re: Destitute pea pickers in California.

Credit is due here.

This isn't just some old photo you found. It's one of the best-known images of the 20th century - in this country, at least - taken by one of the giants of photography, Dorothea Lange for the depression-era Farm Security Administration. (Peter, you're excused for not recognizing it.)

If you're American and don't know this photograph, it's past your bedtime.
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Old 08-01-2009, 07:18 AM
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Re: Destitute pea pickers in California.

Like Peter i did not know the background of this photo
but i can see why it is a well known image

it is a very powerful and emotive image,and unbelievable how long ago this photograph was taken.

Unfortunately there are still photo opportunities like this today and that is very very sad ! ! ! ! !


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Old 08-01-2009, 08:14 AM
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Re: Destitute pea pickers in California.

The title of this picture is "Migrant Mother". Dorthea Lange did a whole series of pictures with this woman and her children as the subject. When Ms. Lange went back to find the woman again, she had moved on. As far as I know, they never made contact again. Wouldn't it have been a nice ending to the story to have one of her children recognize their mother or themselves and come forward after all the years and tell the rest of the story?

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Old 08-01-2009, 08:26 AM
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Re: Destitute pea pickers in California.

I posted a series of images of the great depression on You Tube a while back. I invite those interested to have a look here.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCqRjShm-pg

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Old 08-01-2009, 10:00 AM
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Re: Destitute pea pickers in California.

I colorized this one from the original large format sometime last year. Great photo of the stressful depression years.

The original had a thumb/finger in the lower right hand corner of photo which I took out. The tip of the finger extended up to the baby's eye.
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Old 08-01-2009, 11:27 AM
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Re: Destitute pea pickers in California.

I've seen this one before (many years ago). Definitely provokes deep feelings of sadness/despair. Let's just hope we don't see this again, but the way the economy (despite the heads saying it's getting better) is, may God help us.
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Re: Destitute pea pickers in California.

Janet it would perhaps of been nice to know the rest of the story we can only hope that it had a nice ending

Steve i took a look at the video very nicely put together ( i also took a look at your studies in digital art again very nicely done

aartist great colourization

Lyle great rendition and i echo your sentiments and fingers crossed

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Re: Destitute pea pickers in California.

Just some additional info...
The daughters interview Dec 2008 on CNN "Girl from iconic Great Depression photo: 'We were ashamed' "

Migrant Mother – Florence Thompson interview in the 80s before she died of cancer in 1983 (The end of the movie shows Florence and her three grown children together again)

As an aside... from Wikipedia.. Because Lange took the picture for the federal government she never directly received any royalties as the image was in the public domain, although the picture and the attention it received gave a big boost to Lange's career.
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Re: Destitute pea pickers in California.

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Just some additional info...
The daughters interview Dec 2008 on CNN "Girl from iconic Great Depression photo: 'We were ashamed' "

Migrant Mother – Florence Thompson interview in the 80s before she died of cancer in 1983 (The end of the movie shows Florence and her three grown children together again)

As an aside... from Wikipedia.. Because Lange took the picture for the federal government she never directly received any royalties as the image was in the public domain, although the picture and the attention it received gave a big boost to Lange's career.
Thank you Ol Baldy, great info to have

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