The top photo is a 32 year-old mother with seven children (two seen here) in a tent camp in California. An “Okie” as the Californians called them, nastily. Lange took photos in the Dust Bowl of the Midwest as well as throughout the tent camps, food lines and migrant camps of California. Compelling, moving, terrifically sad photos of people without hope of any kind.
The bottom family is a Japanese-American family packed and tagged for an internment camp during WWII. US authorities rounded up and imprisoned Japanese-heritage citizens to “protect” America. Not our finest hour.
Lange was a photographer with more than a camera and an eye: she had a heart, a conscience and a passion for showing the truth.