NEW YORK – July 7, 2014) Her celebrated photograph “Migrant Mother” is one of the most recognized and arresting images in the world, a haunting portrait that came to represent the suffering of America’s Great Depression. Yet few know the story, struggles and profound body of work of the woman behind the camera: Dorothea Lange (May 26, 1895 – Oct. 11, 1965).
Dyanna Taylor, the granddaughter of Dorothea Lange and deeply influenced by her, will discuss Lange’s work on the New Deal as well as her work documenting the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Taylor, who has been a director of photography and cinematographer for 30 years, is a five-time Emmy award winner and the 1998 recipient of the MUSE award for Outstanding Vision and Achievement in Cinematography from New York Women in Film and Television. She was the director of photography for the recent Blessed Is the Match, in distribution with First Run Features; Hava Nagila: The Movie; HBO’s The Alzheimer Project; and HBO’s 2012 seriesWeight of the Nation. Currently, she is in production on her filmDorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning for a Labor Day 2014 release. Her talk will include never-before-seen clips from her film of Lange preparing for her one-woman photographic exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 1966.