“No country has ever closely scrutinized itself visually … I know what we could make of it if people only thought we could dare look at ourselves.” – Dorothea Lange
For a short period of time, we did turn the camera on ourselves. Dorothea Lange was one of the photographers hired by the Farm Security Administration to document life during the Great Depression. Proponents of Franklin’s New Deal understood that urbanites needed to see what was happening across the United States, to visualize what children and their parents faced in the fields of Salinas, California, Harlingen, Texas and Chandler, Arizona. For nine years, Lange and other photographers journeyed across the country, creating a library of over 80,000 photographs.