Books for Children

Jackson, Nancy. Photographers: History and Culture through the Camera. New York: Facts on File, 1997. Includes a chapter on Dorothea Lange.

Meltzer, Milton. Dorothea Lange: Life through the Camera. New York: Viking Penguin, 1985.

Partridge, Elizabeth. Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange. New York: Viking, 1998.

Price, Susanna, and Tim Stephens. Click!: Fun with Photography. New York: Sterling Publishing Company, 1997.

Sills, Leslie. In Real Life: Six Women Photographers. New York: Holiday House, 2000.

Turner, Robyn Montana. Dorothea Lange. Portraits of Women Artists for Children Series. Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1994.

Wallace, Joseph. The Camera. Turning Point Inventions Series. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.

Books for Adults

Aperture Foundation. Dorothea Lange: Photographs of a Lifetime. With an essay by Robert Coles and an afterword by Therese Heyman. New York: Aperture Foundation, 1982.

Davis, Keith F. The Photographs of Dorothea Lange. With contributions by Kelle A. Botkin. Kansas City, Missouri: Hallmark Cards in association with Harry N. Abrams, 1995.

Fleischhauer, Carl, and Beverly Brannan. Documenting America, 19351943. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988.

Gregory, James N. American Exodus: The Dust Bowl Migration and Okie Culture in California. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989.

Heyman, Therese Thau, Sandra S. Phillips, and John Szarkowski. Dorothea Lange, American Photographs. San Francisco: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Chronicle Books, 1994.

Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki. Farewell to Manzanar. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1973. A highly readable account of Wakatsuki Houston's experiences during World War II in a Japanese American internment camp, where she and her family were sent when she was seven years old. (A video of the 1976 film based on this book is being made available in 2002 to every public school and library in California, along with a copy of the book and a teaching guide.)

J. Paul Getty Museum. In Focus: Dorothea Lange, Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum.  Los Angeles, 2002.

Lange, Dorothea. "The Assignment I'll Never Forget." In Photography: Essays and Images, edited by Beaumont Newhall. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1980. First published in Popular Photography 46 (February 1960): 42, 126.

Lange, Dorothea. The Thunderbird Remembered: Maynard Dixon, the Man and the Artist. Los Angeles: Autry Museum of Western Heritage, 1994.

Lange, Dorothea, and Paul Taylor. An American Exodus: A Record of Human Erosion. 1939. Reprint, with a new introduction by Sam Stourdzé and a historical essay, "The Making of a Documentary Book," by Henry Mayer. Paris: Jean-Michel Place, 1999.

Meltzer, Milton. Dorothea Lange: A Photographer's Life. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1978.

Newhall, Beaumont. The History of Photography. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1982. See chapter 13, "Documentary Photography," pp. 234–247.

Ohrn, Karin Becker. Dorothea Lange and the Documentary Tradition. Baton Rouge and London: Louisiana State University, 1980.

Partridge, Elizabeth, ed. Dorothea Lange: A Visual Life. Washington and London: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1994.

Starr, Kevin. Endangered Dreams: The Great Depression in California. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath. Everyman's Library, no. 154. New York: Knopf, 1993. Based on firsthand interviews with refugees and originally published in 1939, Steinbeck's novel is a moving fictional account of one family's experience traveling west in search of a better life and joining the world of California's migrant agricultural labor force.

Tsujimoto, Karen. Dorothea Lange: Archive of an Artist. Oakland: Oakland Museum of Art, 1995.


Partridge, Meg. Dorothea Lange: A Visual Life. 1994. 48 minutes. ISBN 1-878211-09-9. Distributed by Pacific Pictures, P.O. Box 305, Valley Ford, CA 94972-0305. Phone (800) 886-3135. Fax (707) 876-9807.

Web Sites

The following URLs were current at the time of publication. You will find many more sites by entering "Dorothea Lange" as a search term in the search engine of your choice.
Site of the Art Department of the Oakland Museum of California, which holds the largest and most comprehensive collection of the work of Dorothea Lange, representing every facet of her career. Includes slide-show archive and reproductions.
A vast and searchable collection of documentary images in the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection, created by a group of U.S. government photographers. Approximately 500 photographs by Lange are included.
Information on An American Exodus, Lange and Taylor's documentation in photographs and text of the mass westward migrations of the 1930s.
An online exhibition about the Dust Bowl, featuring documentary photographs from the Farm Security Administration and companion photographs, taken in the 1970s, of Dust-Bowl survivors. Texts that accompany some of the images include first-hand accounts of these individuals.
From the National Museum of American History, this site examines the treatment of Japanese Americans in the 1940s through images, music, text, and first-person accounts.
An online archive of more than 30,000 images illustrating California history and culture, from the collection of the Bancroft Library at the University of California. To get to Lange's photographs, enter "Lange" in search box, click on War Relocation Authority Photographs, select Container Listing, and look in series 8 and series 14. Select groups not preceded by 0.
A great deal of information regarding the relocation of Japanese Americans during World War II.
A wealth of links related to the experience of Japanese Americans relocated during World War II, including personal accounts and photographs.

Information, Photographs, and Quotations on the Dust Bowl:
Audio recordings, photographs, manuscript materials, publications, and ephemera documenting the everyday life of residents of Farm Security Administration migrant work camps in central California in 1940 and 1941.
A time line of events related to FDR and the Depression.
Educational guide to the Great Depression of the 1930s, containing hundreds of primary sources, lesson plans, interviews, and more.