Discussion Questions: Dorothea Lange’s White Angel Breadline, San Francisco

Dorothea Lange, White Angel Breadline, San Francisco, 1933; collection SFMOMA, the Henry Swift Collection, gift of Florence Alston Swift; © Oakland Museum of California, the City of Oakland, gift of Paul S. Taylor

  1. In the story that you see, who do you think is the most important figure? What do you see that makes you think that?
  2. What do you think is going on just outside the frame of the picture?
  3. What do you think will happen next, after the scene that is depicted? What do you see that makes you say that?
  4. What can you tell from this work about the person who made it, or the time or place in which she lived?
  5. How would this work change if it was in color instead of black and white?

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