Dorothea Lange’s picture Migrant Mom is likely one of the most well-known pictures of the twentieth century. Should you’ve at all times needed to have a print of it, now you may as there’s one on an public sale. And it’s not simply any print – it was initially a part of Dorothea Lange’s household assortment. Not surprisingly, it’s anticipated to promote for as much as $70,000.
Lange took the picture in Nipomo, California in 1936. It portrays Florence Owens Thompson together with her kids, and the photographer staged it and made some tweaks to make it extra placing. She took 5 pictures of the scene and later instructed her assistant to take away Florence’s thumb from the picture because it was distracting. Regardless of some controversy over staging the shot, Migrant Mom depicts the wrestle, and it will definitely turned one of many symbols of the Nice Melancholy.
Speaking concerning the picture, Lange mentioned:
“I noticed and approached the hungry and determined mom, as if drawn by a magnet. I don’t keep in mind how I defined my presence or my digicam to her, however I do keep in mind she requested me no questions. I made 5 exposures, working nearer and nearer from the identical route. I didn’t ask her title or her historical past. She informed me her age, that she was thirty-two. She and her kids had been dwelling on frozen greens from the sphere and wild birds the youngsters caught. The pea crop had frozen; there was no work. But they may not transfer on, for she had simply bought the tires from the automotive to purchase meals. There she sat in that lean-to tent together with her kids huddled round her, and appeared to know that my photos would possibly assist her, and so she helped me. There was a type of equality about it.”
The print on the public sale was obtained from Lange’s household in 2009. It’s a gelatin silver enlargement print printed by Lange herself or below her direct supervision in Berkeley, across the Fifties. As for the scale, it’s 19 1/8 x 14 3/4 inches (round 48.5 x 37.5 cm).
Migrant Mom will probably be up for an public sale at Hindman beginning on 12 Might, and the estimated closing value is between $50,000 and $70,000.