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A Documentary Passion

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Migrant Mother of 6, Age 32, Now Living in CaliforniaThe White Angel Breadline, San Francisco

Artists construct stories through images

Artists have always recorded scenes and events that are significant in their lives and in their communities. In the twentieth century, photography emerged as an important medium for this purpose. Through their selection of subject matter, photographers reveal which topics they care about most, sometimes using their work to advocate for change.

Defining Documentary

In this activity you will learn how photography can tell a story.
Artist(s): Dorothea Lange