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1912: Tea Party June 12, 2010

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1912 Tea Party by rustymitchell

1912 Tea Party by rustymitchell

Rusty Mitchell on deviantART: a photo from my family album no lie.


…the constant flux of time makes everything seem unreal, the past is no longer, the future is not yet and the present disappears (General Psycho-pathology)

Time makes everything more interesting, including you… (Television and radio,
Giraud Chester, Garnet R. Garrison, Edgar E. Willis


Outstanding Photos: “We Should Rest On Sundays…” (2006) by Antonio Blay June 3, 2010

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Testing my brand new lens, Canon EFS 10-22 mm (Wiiiiiiiide angle, pretty coool). In this take i was no longer than 1 meter from her, and she seems to be so far away!. (Antonio Blay)

We Should Rest On Sundays... by Antonio Blay

We Should Rest On Sundays... by Antonio Blay

Outstanding Photos: “Migrant Mother” (1936) March 26, 2009

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When I saw this image for the first time it impressed me with the photographer’s complete technical mastery. But later I wanted to know what the fate of the desperate woman in the photo was. The photograph was made by Dorothea Lange (1895 – 1965), outstanding American documentary photographer and photojournalist. In the 1930s she worked for the Farm Security Administration. The photo was taken in February or March of 1936 at a camp for destitute pea pickers in Nipomo 175 miles north of Los Angeles, California. The name of the woman in the photo is Florence Owens Thompson. Mother of seven children. Age thirty-two.

The images were made using a Graflex camera. The original negatives are 4×5″ film. A print of this image may be found in the Dorothea Lange Archive, Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA, 94607.

Migrant Mother

Dorothea Lange recollected that

It was raining, the camera bags were packed, and I had on the seat beside me in the car the results of my long trip, the box containing all those rolls and packs of exposed film ready to mail back to Washington.

I was on my way and barely saw a crude sign with pointing arrow which flashed by at the side of the road, saying PEA-PICKERS CAMP. But out of the corner of my eye I did see it I didn’t want to stop, and didn’t.

Having well convinced myself for 20 miles that I could continue on, I did the opposite. Almost without realizing what I was doing I made a U-turn on the empty highway. I went back those 20 miles and turned off the highway at that sign, PEA-PICKERS CAMP.

I was following instinct, not reason; I drove into that wet and soggy camp and parked my car like a homing pigeon.

I saw and approached the hungry and desperate mother, as if drawn by a magnet. I do not remember how I explained my presence or my camera to her but I do remember she asked me no questions. I made five exposures, working closer and closer from the same direction. I did not ask her name or her history. She told me her age, that she was 32. She said that they had been living on frozen vegetables from the surrounding fields, and birds that the children killed. She had just sold the tires from her car to buy food. There she sat in that lean-to tent with her children huddled around her, and seemed to know that my pictures might help her, and so she helped me. There was a sort of equality about it.

(From: Popular Photography, Feb. 1960).

The photos ran almost immediately in the San Francisco News, with an assertion that 2,500 to 3,500 migrant workers were starving in Nipomo. Within days, the pea-picker camp received 20,000 pounds of food from the federal government. However, Thompson and her family had moved on by the time the food arrived.

Only in the late 1970s the woman on the photo was identified as Florence Thompson. She survived then and died many years later, of “cancer and heart problems” at Scotts Valley, California, on September 16, 1983. Her daughter (shown on the left of the frame) said in an interview (December 2008) that the photo’s fame made the family feel shame at their poverty. Florence Thompson was quoted as saying “She [Lange] said she’d send me a copy. She never did.


1. Dorothea Lange – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

2. Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother” Photographs in the Farm Security Administration Collection: An Overview

3. Migrant Mother, 1936

4. Arthurdale, West Virginia >> Photo Gallery

5. Florence Owens Thompson – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia