I had never heard about Dorothea Lange before I read this book, but
the blurb intrigued me. I love reading about women who were brave
enough to follow their dreams and LEARNING TO SEE is definitely a book that is worth
The year is 1918 when Dorothea Lange arrives in San Francisco
determined to make a name for herself as a photographer. She opens a
portrait studio and quickly gains notoriety. Dorothea falls in love with
the famous painter Maynard Dixon and they get married and have two
children. But, it's during the 1930s she finds her true calling, taking to
the road to document the effects of the economic collapse. Through
photographing the poor and destitute, Dorothea shows the public the
catastrophic situation the country is in.
LEARNING TO SEE by Elise
Hooper is a worthwhile read. I have a passion for reading books set at
the beginning of the 20th-century, especially biographical fiction. I like
to read books about people I have never heard about or know little
about. It's so fascinating to read about Dorothea Lange, and I
recommend googling her name to see the photographs she took. She
didn't live an easy life - combining marriage and photography didn't
always work. It didn't make it easier that Maynard Dixon wasn't the
easiest man to live with. I love the fact that in her later life did she find
the right person to be with, although that life wasn't that easy either.
Through it all, Dorothea stayed true to herself and I enjoyed reading
about her life.
In this amazing new novel by the author of The Other
Alcott, we see the world of Dorothea Lange, creator of
the most iconic photographs of twentieth-century America,
wife, mother, lover, and truth teller.
In 1918, twenty-two-year-old Dorothea Nutzhorn arrives in
bohemian San Francisco determined to forge her way on her
own terms. Within a year and a half, she’s renamed herself
Dorothea Lange and is the toast of the Bay Area as the owner
of the city’s most prestigious and stylish portrait studio
and wife of the talented but volatile painter, Maynard Dixon.
By the early 1930s, as America’s economy collapses and her
marriage founders, she must find a way to support her two
young sons single-handedly. Determined to find humanity in
places where most chose to look the other way, she takes to
the road and exposes the horrific conditions of America’s
poor. When the nation enters the Second World War, Dorothea
must confront another injustice and decide how far she’s
willing to fight. At a time when women are supposed to keep
home fires burning, Dorothea dares be different, but her
choices will come with a steep price.
Set amidst the turmoil of the Great Depression and the
incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II,
Learning to See follows the life of an ambitious
woman and her awakening to art, activism, and what it means
to risk everything for love.
Thanks, I have learned about Dorothea Lange in my photography class her in Dublin. Her 'Migrant Mother' was shown as one of the most iconic photos of all time. I will look out for this book. (Clare O'Beara 4:55am January 16)