Academic journal article Language Arts

Dorothea’s Eyes: Dorothea Lange Photographs the Truth

Academic journal article Language Arts

Dorothea’s Eyes: Dorothea Lange Photographs the Truth

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Dorothea’s Eyes: Dorothea Lange Photographs the Truth Written by Barb Rosenstock Illustrated by Gérard DuBois Calkins Creek, 2016, unpaged, ISBN 978-1-62979-208-8

From the start of Rosenstock's picturebook biography, we are told that Dorothea's eyes "see what others miss." DuBois's illustrations move from a close-up of Dorothea's green eyes to the world that envelops her: her home in New Jersey, the public library, and the crowded sidewalks and tenements of New York City. Dorothea's sense of invisibility, instilled during a childhood illness, helps her examine and empathize with the poor and with newly arrived immigrants, bearing witness to "the happy and sad mixed together" and those who are "[d]ifferent" and "[l] onely." By the 1930s, Dorothea is a successful but dissatisfied portrait photographer with a wealthy clientele. …

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