Lange is best known for her photographs of rural life in the United States during the Great Depression. She was educated as a photographer at Columbia University directly from Clarence White.

Like many other photographers, her creative path was closely associated with Aperture magazine, of which she was one of the founders, and Life magazine. But she became known precisely

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as a documentary photographer, thanks to photographs of people’s daily lives and the reflection of their problems in her pictures. This footage subsequently led to the coverage of these issues in the media and the provision of assistance to those in need.

In 1941, having received a Guggenheim Fellowship for excellence in photography, but having resigned it after the attack on Pearl Harbor, she went to film the evacuation of Japanese Americans.

In 1945, at the invitation of Ansel Adams, Lange began teaching at the California School of Fine Arts.

Dorothea Lange is considered one of the most influential photographers in history.

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