Archive for October 11, 2014

Artist of the moment………..photographer Dorothea Lange

 

Dorothea Lange was an American photographer was renown for his images of the Great Depression era. Dorothea Lange was born in Hoboken, New Jersey in the year 1895. Her most famous works deal with migrant workers and

Lange had a difficult childhood as her father abandoned the family. She also was a victim of the disease polio. This caused her to have weak legs and she walked with permanent limp.

The artist attended Columbia University located in New York City where she studied photography. After college was able to work in the studios of many famous photographers.

Lange worked for the government program (F.S.A.) at the Farm Security Administration.

Talk about an artistic husband and wife duo, Dorothea Lange was married to American western painter Maynard Dixon. The couple had two children. After the couple divorced Lange married an economics professor. Lange and the professor travelled about the country and Lange took photographs of people whilst the professor would interview them and add them to the his economic studies.

Her most famous photograph dealt with a migrant worker who lived in camp that was nearly dying trying to put food on the table for her and her two kids. Lange also photographed Americans that were of Japanese decent who were sent to American Internment Camps. The photographs of the Internment camps angered the army.

In this clip we take a closer look at the most renown work of Lange, that of the migrant mother who is starving:

 

Dorothea Lange passed away in 1965 at the age of 70s years old.

Price range information: Photographs and prints range from $5,000 to $500,000.

In this clip some works of the Depression area are shown:

Lange was wonderful at capturing the mood of people. Her use of black and white photography also plays a key role in this aspect of her work.

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Artists of the moment………Liz and Kat Pope

 

Liz and Katherine(Kat) Pope are sisters and also two wonderful artists that work in painting, printmaking, and collage. The Pope sisters are British and their studio is in Chesterfield, England.

The sisters have worked as children’s book illustrators, greeting cards, and posters for many years. The sister’s worked on a series of greeting cards for Taylor Swift.

I enjoy their collage work the most. Wonderful design with a vibrant use of color. The sisters take a great design such as an urban scene of houses. Rather than take the time to paint nearly every window a la Richard Estes, some multi story buildings have only 4 windows. This artistic duo have a great and unique style perfect for children’s books illustration. Great design and whimsical at the same time.

Price range information: Posters andĀ greeting cardsĀ can be found for less than $10. Originals can reach as much as $600 euros.

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