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Another photo of the 'migrant mother' and her family
Another photo of the "migrant mother" and her family

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The Power of Dorothea Lange's Pictures
Although she looked much older because she lived such a hard life, much of it spent in the scorching sun of the fields, the woman in the photo was only in her 30s. Lange recalled the circumstances of taking the photo:

I did not ask her name or her history. She told me her age, that she was thirty-two. She said that they had been living on frozen vegetables from the surrounding fields, and birds that the children killed. She had just sold the tires from her car to buy food. There she sat in that lean-to tent with her children huddled around her, and seemed to know that my pictures might help her, and so she helped me. There was a sort of equality about it. (Popular Photography, Feb. 1960)

Have you ever seen a picture or read a story that made you want to help another person? What was it and did you do anything?

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