Nipomo, California, 1936
Gelatin silver print (printed early 1960s)
Dorothea Lange began as a professional portrait photographer in the early 1920s. The social calamity of the Depression prodded her to leave the studio to document the nation’s dispossessed. In her work for the Farm Security Administration in 1936, she recorded this migrant pea-picker, 32-year-old Florence Thompson, with three of her children. Lange had the uncanny ability to see people as both individuals and as representative types: to recognize the iconic in the ordinary. Lange’s migrant mother becomes a symbol of both strife and fortitude in the face of adversity, suggesting the condition of millions of her fellow Americans.
"Amy Sherald (born 1973) is an American painter based in Baltimore, Maryland. Her work started out autobiographical in nature, but has taken on a social context ever since she moved to Baltimore. She is best known for her portrait paintings that address social justice, as well as her choice of subjects, which are drawn from outside of the art historical narrative. Through her work, she takes a closer look at t the way people construct and perform their identities in response to political, social, and cultural expectations.”
Interview with Amy Sherald, winner of first prize at “The Outwin Boochever 2016” for her painting: “Miss Everything (Unsuppressed Deliverance).”
I do remember when it occurred to me the first time, when I got the idea of painting the way I feel at a given moment. I was sitting in a chair and felt it pressing against me. I still have the drawings where I depicted the sensation of sitting. -- Maria Lassnig
Kantate – The Ballad of Maria Lassnig
Satisfaction – After a night of playing hard…sleep.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Satisfaction
Purple irises were planted over the graves of women to summon the Greek Goddess Iris to guide the dead in their journey. The ancient Greeks believed the Iris protected them from evil spirits and even today, many Greeks place the Iris on the graves of women to guide their souls into the afterworld. ❖