[Hopi Man, Arizona]

Object Details


[Hopi Man, Arizona]


Dorothea Lange (American, 1895 - 1965)




New Mexico, United States (Place created)


negative about 1923; print 1926


Gelatin silver print


18.4 x 19.7 cm (7 1/4 x 7 3/4 in.)


© Oakland Museum of California, the City of Oakland

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Dorothea Lange made this portrait study not as a social document but rather as a Pictorialist experiment in light and shadow, transforming a character-filled face into an art-for-art's-sake abstraction. This image bridges the two distinct phases of Lange's work: her early, soft-focus portraiture and her better-known documentary work of the 1930s.

A Collective Vision: Clarence H. White and His Students (November 4, 1985 to January 4, 1987)
  • California State University, Long Beach Art Museum (Long Beach), November 4 to December 8, 1985
  • The Oakland Museum of California (Oakland), February 13 to April 13, 1986
  • Art Museum of South Texas (Corpus Christi), July 3 to August 10, 1986
  • The Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis), November 8, 1986 to January 4, 1987
The Heart of the Storm: Northern California Pictorialism (September 13 to November 27, 1994)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), September 13 to November 27, 1994
About Life: The Photographs of Dorothea Lange (October 15, 2002 to February 9, 2003)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 15, 2002 to February 9, 2003

Keller, Judith. In Focus: Dorothea Lange. Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2002), p. 15.