Hopi Man
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© Oakland Museum of California, the City of Oakland

Dorothea Lange
American, 1926
Gelatin silver print
7 1/4 x 7 3/4 in.

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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.