Dorothea Lange used photography to make an ugly world beautiful. She used words to give that beauty meaning.

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“The woman in Dorothea Lange’s most famous photograph, often labeled simply “Migrant Mother,” is, among other things, rather beautiful. Her face may be weathered and lined with care, but it also suggests sensitivity and intelligence. She is tired but handsome, rather like the man in the 1940 photograph “Migratory Cotton Picker,” which opens the exhibition “Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures” at the Museum of Modern Art”

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