Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning: Her Lifetime in Photography (Hardcover)

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Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning is a collection of Lange's historic photographs accompanied by autobiographical text in the form of interviews and letters. Soulful and profound, you'll recognize iconic images of the Dust Bowl as well as lesser-known photographs from world travel later in her life. One could give this book in tandem with Marisa Silver's novel Mary Coin, whose protagonist is based on the woman featured in Lange's famous "Migrant Mother" photograph. -- Mia Wigmore

— From Even More Beautiful Gift Books 2013


This beautiful volume celebrates one of the twentieth century's most important photographers, Dorothea Lange. Led off by an authoritative biographical essay by Elizabeth Partridge (Lange's goddaughter), the book goes on to showcase Lange's work in over a hundred glorious plates. Dorothea Lange is the only career-spanning monograph of this major photographer's oeuvre in print, and features images ranging from her iconic Depression-era photograph "Migrant Mother" to lesser-known images from her global travels later in life. Presented as the companion book to a PBS American Masters episode that will air in 2014, this deluxe hardcover offers an intimate and unparalleled view into the life and work of one of our most cherished documentary photographers.

About the Author

Elizabeth Partridge is the goddaughter of Dorothea Lange and an award-winning author of numerous books. She lives in California. Dorothea Lange (1895-1965) produced some of the most beloved and recognizable images of American history.

Praise For…

"Although she may be known best for her stirring portraits of Depression-era life, photojournalist Dorothea Lange had a career that spanned decades and continents. This new book was carefully curated by her goddaughter, Elizabeth Partridge, and represents the most comprehensive collection of Lange's work to date." - Reader's

"In Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning, Lange's goddaughter Elizabeth Partridge, an accomplished and prolific author in her own right, presents a first-of-its-kind career-spanning monograph of the legendary photographer's work, placing her most famous and enduring photographs in a biographical context that adds new dimension to these iconic images." - Brain Pickings

Product Details
ISBN: 9781452122168
ISBN-10: 1452122164
Publisher: Chronicle Books (CA)
Publication Date: November 5th, 2013
Pages: 192
Language: English