Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures

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Dorothea Lange. Richmond, California. 1942

Gelatin silver print, printed 1965, 9 3/4 × 7 11/16" (24.7 × 19.5 cm). Purchase

Poet, Tess Taylor: I’m Tess Taylor. I love this image because this woman looks happy and she looks like she's arrived. And there she is in Richmond, California in 1942. Richmond was an end point on what is called The Great Migration.

Dorothea Lange knew a lot about displaced people. And she's so consciously celebrating this moment. The Henry Kaiser shipyards in Richmond were America's first desegregated workplace.

So maybe one of the reasons I'm drawn to this picture is, for at least this moment, a woman is standing dressed in beautiful clothes, bathed in sunshine, and she's getting a little slice of the California dream, or her own dream.