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Dorothea Lange: Seeing People

Past Exhibition

November 5, 2023 – March 31, 2024
West Building, Ground Floor

During her long, prolific, and groundbreaking career, the American photographer Dorothea Lange made some of the most iconic portraits of the 20th century. Dorothea Lange: Seeing People reframes Lange’s work through the lens of portraiture, highlighting her unique ability to discover and reveal the character and resilience of those she photographed.

Featuring some 100 photographs, the exhibition addresses her innovative approaches to picturing people, emphasizing her work on social issues including economic disparity, migration, poverty, and racism.

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Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington

This exhibition is curated by Philip Brookman, consulting curator in the department of photographs, National Gallery of Art.

The exhibition is made possible through the leadership support of the Trellis Fund.

Exhibition support is also provided by The Shared Earth Foundation.

Additional funding is provided by Nion McEvoy, Wes and Kate Mitchell, and the James D. and Kathryn K. Steele Fund for Photography.

Admission is always free and passes are not required

Banner detail: Dorothea Lange, White Angel Breadline, San Francisco, California, 1933, gelatin silver print, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser, © The Dorothea Lange Collection, Oakland Museum of California, City of Oakland. Gift of Paul S. Taylor.