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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Dorothea Lange on life, photography, vision, lion, camera, documentary, perception and perspective.

33 Great Quotes By Dorothea Lange On Photography, Life And More

Quick Facts

Famous As: Journalist, Photographer, Artist, Photojournalist

Born On: May 26, 1895

Died On: October 11, 1965

Born In: Hoboken

Died At Age: 70

Dorothea Lange was an American photographer popular for her photographs of the Great Depression era. These works are believed to have laid the foundation of documentary photography. She learned photography at the University of Columbia where she was trained under some of the legendary photographers like Clarence H. White. He further helped her in getting into some of the renowned photography studios. During the Great Depression, she decided to take a break from the studio to capture some real photos. She captured one of her iconic photos called the ‘White Angel Breadline’. There she had brilliantly portrayed the scenario of the depression, which helped her get a job with the ‘Farm Security Administration’. There she worked at highlighting poverty and the neglected people through her photographs. One of her photographs ‘Migrant Mother’ helped the people of the migrant camp to receive food and other basic amenities from the government. We bring to you the famous quotes and thoughts by the distinguished photographer who humanized the ramification of the Great Depression. Go through the quotes by Dorothea Lange which reflects her deep intellect of photography.

Life, for people, begins to crumble on the edges; they don't realize it.

Dorothea Lange

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.

Dorothea Lange

The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.

Dorothea Lange

A camera teaches you how to see without a camera.

Dorothea Lange

The words that come direct from the people are the greatest... If you substitute one out of your own vocabulary, it disappears before your eyes.

Dorothea Lange

No country has ever closely scrutinized itself visually.

Dorothea Lange

Pick a theme and work it to exhaustion... the subject must be something you truly love or truly hate.

Dorothea Lange

To know ahead of time what you're looking for means you're then only photographing your own preconceptions, which is very limiting, and often false.

Dorothea Lange

Seeing is more than a physiological phenomenon... We see not only with our eyes but with all that we are and all that our culture is. The artist is a professional see-er.

Dorothea Lange

I believe in living with the camera, and not using the camera.

Dorothea Lange

The people who are garrulous and wear their heart on their sleeve and tell you everything, that's one kind of person, but the fellow who's hiding behind a tree and hoping you don't see him is the fellow that you'd better find out why.

Dorothea Lange

It is not enough to photograph the obviously picturesque.

Dorothea Lange

A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.

Dorothea Lange

I many times encountered courage, real courage. Undeniable courage. I've heard it said that that was the highest quality of the human animal. I encountered that many times, in unexpected places. And I have learned to recognize it when I see it.

Dorothea Lange

A documentary photograph is not a factual photograph.

Dorothea Lange

One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you'd be stricken blind.

Dorothea Lange

I believe that what we call beautiful is generally a by-product.

Dorothea Lange

Surefire things are deadening to the human spirit.

Dorothea Lange

The visual life is an enormous undertaking, practically unattainable.

Dorothea Lange

To me, beauty appears when one feels deeply, and art is an act of total attention,

Dorothea Lange

The good photograph is not the object, the consequences of the photograph are the objects.

Dorothea Lange

You put your camera around your neck along with putting on your shoes, and there it is, an appendage of the body that shares your life with you. The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.

Dorothea Lange

We know by now how to photograph poor people. What we don't know is how to photograph affluence - whose other face is poverty.

Dorothea Lange

While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.

Dorothea Lange

The best way to go into an unknown territory is to go in ignorant, ignorant as possible, with your mind wide open, as wide open as possible and not having to meet anyone else's requirement but your own.

Dorothea Lange

This benefit of seeing...can come only if you pause a while, extricate yourself from the maddening mob of quick impressions ceaselessly battering our lives, and look thoughtfully at a quiet image...the viewer must be willing to pause, to look again, to meditate.

Dorothea Lange

I realize more and more what it takes to be a really good photographer. You go in over your head, not just up to your neck.

Dorothea Lange

The good photograph is not the object, the consequences of the photograph are the objects. So that no one would say, how did you do it, where did you find it, but they would say that such things could be.

Dorothea Lange

Photographers stop photographing a subject too soon before they have exhausted the possibilities.

Dorothea Lange

It is no accident that the photographer becomes a photographer any more than the lion tamer becomes a lion tamer.

Dorothea Lange

You go into a room and you know where you're welcome; you know where you're unwelcome.Sometimes in a hostile situation you stick around because hostility itself is important.The people who are garrulous and wear their heart on their sleeve and tell you everything, that's one kind of person, but the fellow who's hiding behind a tree and hoping you don't see him is the fellow that you'd better find out why.

Dorothea Lange

That frame of mind that you need to make fine pictures of a very wonderful subject, you cannot do it by not being lost yourself.

Dorothea Lange

You know there are moments such as these when time stands still...

Dorothea Lange