American Masters: Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning
American Masters presents Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning. More than six decades of 20th-century America are seen through the prism of the life and lens the famous photographer known for her powerful images from the Great Depression. Lange's haunting “Migrant Mother” (seen on today's mural) remains emblematic of that period. As young America matured into a world power, Lange continued to bear witness, bringing subjects alive, transmitting raw emotions, and capturing the human condition.
This film was made by Dyanna Taylor, Lange's granddaughter, who began her artistic vision, literally, at the artist's feet. See through her eyes the life story of the influential photographer. Never-before-seen photos and film footage, family memories, and new interviews reveal the woman who challenged America to know itself.
Watch tonight at 9:30 pm on WGBH 2.
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Image credit:Courtesy of Paul S. Taylor, 1936