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Still from Dorothea Lange: Under the Trees (1965) courtesy WNET

Dorothea Lange: Under the Trees and The Closer for Me

Seeing People: Lange’s Documentary Legacies

  • Saturday, January 27, 2024
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • East Building Auditorium
  • Films
  • In-person
  • Registration Required

Produced for National Educational Television, this two-part documentary portrait of artist Dorothea Lange was filmed towards the end of her life and originally broadcast posthumously in 1965. Examining her lifetime's work in preparation for a retrospective exhibition for the Museum of Modern Art in New York, part one, Under the Trees, highlights Lange’s life and career, her soul-searching, and her philosophy as a photographer. Part two, The Closer for Me, focuses on an unrealized project Lange was undertaking at the time of her death; the artist was planning on working with a new generation of photographers in developing some of the key ideas from her time working for the Farm Securities Administration during the Great Depression. (Robert Katz and Philip Greene, 1965, 16mm to digital, 60 minutes in total)