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Dorothea Lange's Ireland Hardcover – February 1, 1996
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As she demonstrated so indelibly in her photographs of Dust Bowl refugees, the great documentary photographer understood, above all else, the relationship between people and land. Inspired by a book analyzing the social and economic traditions of rural Ireland, Lange traveled to the country in 1954 with her son, writer Daniel Dixon, to record these soulful images of farmers, peasants and schoolchildren. Gerry Mullins' rediscovery of these photographs, most of them published here for the first time, is a major find; his and Dixon's appreciation set Lange's work in context without letting the words get in the way.
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Internationally famous documentary photographer Lange (1895-1965) spent six weeks in Ireland in 1954. This book of over 100 black-and-white photographs depicting the people and customs of Irish country life is the result of that trip. Lange took her camera to the countryside to photograph the lives of rural Irish shopkeepers, farmers, and schoolchildren involved in daily chores and in ordinary activity. Best known for her photographs of struggling migrant farm workers during the Great Depression (her trademark photograph is "Migrant Mother," Nipomo, California, 1936), Lange also concentrates on the people in this work, with the rural countryside as background. Throughout, the reader gets a sense of the lifestyle, concerns, and humanity of her subjects. The essays are informative and put the photographs in the context of today's Ireland?not so very different from what Lange captured some 30 years ago. This beautiful book is recommended for all travel and photography collections.?Janine A. Reid, Jefferson Cty. P.L., Lakewood, Col.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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It was a major shock for me to see how tough conditions were in rural Ireland little over a decade before I was born. It may as well be 1923 as versus 1953. This is not the Ireland of Temple Fieldings Travel Guide (the rich man's Lonely Planet for the post war years) waxing lyrically about Dromoland Castle, the Shelbourne and Jammet's (terrible martinis apparantly). This is the Ireland of barefooted schoolkids in winter, lean faced subsistance farmers, courting couples on bikes, black shawled widows and blind buskers. The legacy of a failed economic dogma hinted at in nearly every frame (yes Dev, I'm talking about you).
The humanity and humility of her art pours from every page. No trite, condescending simplification here, but genuine warmth for all her subjects. Even if Mrs. O'Halloran looks decidedly uncomfortable posing for the camera! (page 45).
A marvellous work with great captions and introduction by Gerry Mullins and an intimate and delightful foreword by her son Daniel Dixon.