Dorothea Lange
Hoboken, 26.05.1895 - San Francisco, 11.10.1965
In 1902, at the age of seven, a severe type of polio left her with a weakened right leg. Responding with great motivation, she decided to study photography in New York with Clarence White. In 1918, she married the painter Maynard Dixon in San Francisco and later had two children. Aided by a social climate of absolute documentary interest, she formally adhered to the straight photography movement. In 1935 she divorced Dixon and married the economist Paul Schuster Taylor who contributed to her photographic reportages with interviews, data collection and statistical analyses. Starting in 1947, she worked in partnership with the Magnum agency and in 1952 she co-founded Aperture magazine.