The Propaganda Behind Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother Photograph
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Dorothea Lange’s documentary photograph, Migrant Mother, became a symbol for a plethora of causes after successfully being created as propaganda to legitimize the New Deal. When Dorothea Lange shot Migrant Mother, she had completed her transition from portraitist to documentary photography and was working with the Farm Security Administration. Lange’s work was required to fit the New Deal’s ideology handed down from the Roosevelt administration. In order to achieve these mandates, Lange significantly manipulated her subjects.
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Due to these actions, her photograph is easily adaptable. Migrant Mother not only catalyzed relief aid to the migrants; people later manipulated it into other symbols.