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Oklahoma migratory workers washing in a desert hot spring
Dorothea Lange took this picture of farm workers washing in a hot spring in California

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The Power of Dorothea Lange's Pictures
In order to take striking and moving photographs, Dorothea Lange had to earn the trust of her subjects. Lange's friend, Ron Partridge, recalled how she worked in the fields of California, photographing the workers.

"She would walk through the field and talk to people, asking simple questions - 'What are you picking? ... How long have you been here? When do you eat lunch? ... I'd like to photograph you,' she'd say, and by now it would be 'Sure, why not,' and they would pose a little, but she would sort of ignore it, walk around until they forgot us and were back at work." Then she would begin to take her pictures.

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